steady

adjective
\ ˈste-dē How to pronounce steady (audio) \
steadier; steadiest

Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : direct or sure in movement : unfaltering a steady hand
b : firm in position : fixed held the pole steady
c : keeping nearly upright in a seaway a steady ship
2 : showing little variation or fluctuation : stable, uniform a steady breeze steady prices
3a : not easily disturbed or upset steady nerves
b(1) : constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment steady friends
(2) : dependable
c : not given to dissipation : sober

steady

verb
steadied; steadying

Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make or keep steady

intransitive verb

: to become steady

steady

adverb

Definition of steady (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : in a steady manner : steadily
2 : on the course set used as a direction to the helmsman of a ship

steady

noun
plural steadies

Definition of steady (Entry 4 of 4)

: one that is steady specifically : a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom one goes steady

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Other Words from steady

Adjective

steadily \ ˈste-​də-​lē How to pronounce steadily (audio) \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce steadiness (audio) \ noun

Verb

steadier noun

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Adjective

steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement. steady progress even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character. an even distribution equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes. maintain an equable temper

Examples of steady in a Sentence

Adjective

She used a tripod to keep the camera steady. Painting takes a steady hand and a good eye. Prices have remained steady over the last month. He finally has a steady job. They do a steady business at the restaurant. There has been a steady increase in prices. I am making steady progress on refinishing the basement. There was a steady rain all day. We've received a steady stream of donations.

Verb

He steadied the gun and fired. She used a tripod to steady the camera. The doctor gave her medication to help steady her heart rate. Her heart rate had been erratic but eventually steadied. Prices have steadied in recent months.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

MNsure enrollments have remained steady the past few years after past fluctuations. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "MNsure enrollment window shrinks so all enrollees plans can start Jan. 1," 4 Sep. 2019 His hands, agile from 30 years of wielding scissors to cut clothing patterns, remain steady for the intricate detail work. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "An ingenious Filipino artist creates mosaics with dead leaves and garlic peels," 1 Sep. 2019 Chia seeds help regulate blood sugar levels Chia seeds help stabilize post-meal blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, which can translate to steadier, sustained energy. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Chia Seed Benefits, According to a Nutritionist," 27 Aug. 2019 Their careers have gotten off to a rocky start because of the financial crisis and Great Recession in 2007-9 and the ensuing slow (but steady) recovery over the subsequent few years. oregonlive.com, "Millennials’ retirement prospects are grim, requiring action from political leaders now: study," 20 Aug. 2019 The 20th-round draft pick was the NFL's best receiver from 1958-1960 and remarkably steady through 1966, earning six Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro honors. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "100 greatest Colts of all-time: Who's No. 1, Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning?," 19 Aug. 2019 Since rates and inflation have been low and steady, neither of these factors are seen as likely, which means investors will buy bonds with lower yields. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Interest rates on government bonds are nearing record lows. Here’s why," 10 Aug. 2019 At the makeshift memorial, the national spotlight from Saturday’s shootings is gone, but the number of locals arriving with flowers and rosaries remains steady. Dallas News, "Trump supporter reportedly with knife, gun briefly detained in El Paso," 8 Aug. 2019 In general, the poll was good news for the research community, showing a gradual-but-steady rise in the public's view of scientists. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New poll finds the US generally trusts scientists, with some exceptions," 4 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While descending the rock face, Henderson grabbed a rock to steady himself. oregonlive, "Mother of Corvallis teen who died on Boy Scouts trip sues for $10 million," 16 Sep. 2019 Walker could add a dose of stability amid a rebuild, steadying the ship similar to his time in Charlotte. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Who Could Trade for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder Rebuild?," 6 July 2019 There have also been multiple vigils held at churches in New Canaan as residents steady themselves for bombshells that could be right around the corner. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Police investigating Jennifer Dulos disappearance return to sift through 'mountains of trash' at Hartford facility," 8 June 2019 Much like a waiter steadying plates across two hands, online food-ordering platforms face their own balancing act—particularly those with the biggest trays. Laura Forman, WSJ, "DoorDash Is Coming in Hot," 14 Mar. 2019 The benchmark Brent crude futures moved little Tuesday on the news, steadying at about $76 a barrel. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump's renewed economic sanctions on Iran heightens risks for global oil prices and U.S. consumer spending," 9 May 2018 David Crimmins, 50, steadied his surfboard with his 7-year-old daughter, Sophie, balanced on the front, her arms straight and outstretched. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area starts to cool down this weekend," 14 Sep. 2019 The two-time MLS Cup winner steadied the ship some, but the club still needed a flurry of wins down the stretch and then a result in the season finale at home against a nothing-to-play-for Houston Dynamo team in order to reach the playoffs. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The LA Galaxy Aren't Really Going to Miss the Playoffs Again ... Right?," 12 Sep. 2019 The yuan steadied on Thursday after the central bank set the daily fixing stronger than analysts expected, providing some reassurance to traders rattled by a tumultuous week in markets. Anchalee Worrachate / Bloomberg, Time, "President Trump Wants a Weaker Dollar. But He Keeps Accidentally Pumping Up the Value," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The African-American proportion of the population has remained roughly steady at around 11 to 13 percent. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Patrios," 16 Sep. 2019 Massachusetts’ first full-fledged casino, MGM Springfield, saw its revenue hold steady in July, despite Encore’s arrival. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "At Encore Boston Harbor, gamblers are all-in on table games," 15 Aug. 2019 Fed Chairman Jerome Powell followed suit on Wednesday, holding the federal funds rate steady but suggesting that the Fed would be open to cutting rates in the coming months should the current economic outlook fail to improve. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, "Mortgage rates poised to drop after Federal Reserve announcement," 20 June 2019 The Federal Reserve is holding its benchmark interest rate steady, although policymakers indicate a willingness to loosen the monetary reins if U.S. economic growth sags. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Fed wary of economic clouds, but leaves interest rates unchanged for now," 19 June 2019 Elsewhere China held the yuan roughly steady against the dollar at 6.8212 in its daily fix, which sets a midpoint for currency trading onshore. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Tech Declines Add to Pressure on Emerging Markets," 7 Sep. 2018 The Bank of Canada held its key interest rate steady at 1.75% Wednesday as weaker global and domestic growth prospects prompted policy makers to express more caution about the pace of future rate increases. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Bank of Canada Holds Key Rate at 1.75%," 6 Mar. 2019 Earlier this month, the bank kept its benchmark interest rate steady at 6.5%, saying that inflation is moving up toward its target while the economy remains sluggish. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil Central Bank Cuts 2018 GDP Growth Forecast to 1.6% From 2.6%," 28 June 2018 But the refining sector shot back this week, arguing the market is holding steady even as dozens of refineries have been exempted. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Refiners at odds with agriculture secretary over ethanol demand," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Opening the annual session of China’s legislature on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to fend off risks in the economy and keep the nation’s jobless rate steady. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Expects 2019 Economic Growth of 6% to 6.5%," 4 Mar. 2019 The break-even rate refers to the amount of monthly payroll gains needed to keep the jobless rate steady. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Derby’s Take: Ready For 3% Unemployment? Goldman Sachs Says It’s Possible," 14 Nov. 2018 Employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month this year, well above the level Fed officials think is needed to hold the jobless rate steady. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Jobs Report Keeps Fed’s June Rate Increase on Track," 1 June 2018 The Bank of Canada held its benchmark rate steady last week at 1.25%, and signaled rates could climb soon despite worries over trade uncertainty. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Growth at Risk Due to Heightened Trade Anxiety: IMF," 4 June 2018 Fed policy makers held their benchmark short-term interest rate steady in January, in a range between 1.25% and 1.5%, and signaled greater confidence that inflation would rise to their 2% target. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Inflation Cooled in February," 13 Mar. 2018 Muguruza double faults on her opening point but steadies and wins the next the four. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Live updates: Venus Williams takes on Garbine Muguruza in Wimbledon final," 15 July 2017 Officials voted unanimously to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 0.75% and 1%, after a two-day policy meeting Wednesday. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Sees Growth Rebounding, Remains on Track for Two More Rate Rises in 2017," 3 May 2017 Officials voted unanimously to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 0.75% and 1%, after a two-day policy meeting. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: 10 storylines to follow as the House votes on health care," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of steady

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adverb

circa 1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steady

Adjective

Middle English stedy, from stede

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More Definitions for steady

steady

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: not shaking or moving : held firmly in one place or position
: not increasing or decreasing
: lasting or continuing for a long period of time in a dependable way

steady

verb

English Language Learners Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 4)

: to keep (something or someone) from moving, shaking, falling, etc.
: to cause (something) to stop changing, increasing, decreasing, etc.

steady

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of steady (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a steady way

steady

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steady (Entry 4 of 4)

US, informal + old-fashioned : the only person you are having a romantic relationship with : the person you are going steady with

steady

adjective
\ ˈste-dē How to pronounce steady (audio) \
steadier; steadiest

Kids Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : firmly fixed in position Make sure the ladder is steady.
2 : direct or sure in action She worked with steady hands. I took steady aim.
3 : showing little change a steady flow of water I found a steady job.
4 : not easily upset steady nerves
5 : reliable a steady worker

Other Words from steady

steadily \ ˈste-​də-​lē \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs \ noun

steady

verb
steadied; steadying

Kids Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make, keep, or become steady He put on some music to steady his nerves. I put the stepladder next to the cart and steadied it with one hand …— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

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