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

Imbler reports that the Loas are being fed a steady diet of snails and invertebrates, supplemented with vitamins. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Last 14 Loa Water Frogs Had to Be Rescued From Their Natural Habitat," 31 Aug. 2019 With efficient quarterback play by Tua Tagovailoa, steady contributions from Jerry Jeudy and some timely cameos from the tight ends, the Crimson Tide emerged from its stupor and cobbled together the rout many were anticipating. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al, "Behind star power, Alabama’s offense kicks into high gear," 31 Aug. 2019 Dad was the steady pitcher, and, as in all good things, Mom was the umpire. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 Exports fell for a ninth straight month in July, while the long-steady jobless rate ticked higher for the first time in two years in the same month. Eric Lam, Fortune, "Hong Kong Retail Concerns Worsen Amid Steady Protests," 30 Aug. 2019 Essentially a street-legal racecar, the GT2 RS thrives on a steady diet of track days. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Red-carpet rockets: Is 500 hp now theadmission price to supercar club?," 30 Aug. 2019 Experts say the move -- which was a campaign promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party -- could now open the way for a steady demographic change in the country's only Muslim-majority state. Jennifer Hauser And Bianca Britton, CNN, "Pakistan brought to a standstill for 'Kashmir hour' demonstrations," 30 Aug. 2019 Using a camera stabilization system, Kossakovsky has been able to get steady shots of the schooner’s co-skippers steelily coping with frighteningly relentless monster 30-foot waves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Aquarela’ proves how to make an exciting documentary about water," 30 Aug. 2019 The Earth, as a whole, has been losing its forests at a steady rate over the last three decades—from 41.2 million square kilometers in 1990 to 39.9 million square kilometers in 2016, according to the World Bank. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "It’s Not Enough to Stop Amazon Deforestation," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Get our daily newsletter Canadians are not giving Mr Trudeau credit for steadying relations with the United States. The Economist, "Justin Trudeau starts Canada’s election campaign as the underdog," 28 June 2019 Madrigal is the heart and soul of Barbary Lane whose steadying, bohemian, joint-smoking presence provides ballast to the chaotic love lives, both gay and straight, of her young tenants. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago's Garcia talks inclusivity and 'Tales of the City' revival on Netflix," 13 June 2019 The straps enable cyclists to free up their hands from steadying the bike and instead stable themselves, according to BART. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "BART announces new bike straps coming to all trains; cyclists share thoughts," 16 July 2019 After losing its first wicket with just a single run on the board, captain Kane Williamson helped steady the situation with another half century, while Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 67 when the rain came down. James Masters, CNN, "India's World Cup dream on hold after rain halts semifinal clash," 9 July 2019 Photographer: Bloomberg Creative Photos/Bloomberg S&P Global Ratings started a 12-month countdown for Oman to steady its public finances and stop loading up on external debt -- or risk an even deeper descent into junk. Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg.com, "Once A-Rated at S&P, Oman Now Risks Descending Deeper Into Junk," 21 Apr. 2019 Two straight game wins steadied Lofgren to a 4-1 edge. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Niraj Komatineni and Wil Lofgren to match up in Cincinnati Met Tennis Finals," 20 July 2019 McIlroy was wayward again off the second tee and dropped another shot with a fluffed chip at the short third before steadying his ship. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Rory McIlroy, David Duval suffer horror holes at The Open," 18 July 2019 This is a player who, in his six seasons with Golden State, had become a steadying presence in the locker room and on the court. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors land D’Angelo Russell in sign-and-trade, send Andre Iguodala to Memphis," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Among independents and Democrats, support for Trump testifying has held roughly steady compared with previous CNN polling on the topic. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Republicans shifting negative on Mueller's investigation," 10 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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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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