steep

adjective
\ˈstēp \

Definition of steep 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : lofty, high used chiefly of a sea

2 : making a large angle with the plane of the horizon

3a : mounting or falling precipitously the stairs were very steep

b : being or characterized by a rapid and intensive decline or increase

4 : extremely or excessively high steep prices

steep

noun (1)

Definition of steep (Entry 2 of 4)

: a precipitous place

steep

verb
steeped; steeping; steeps

Definition of steep (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to soak in a liquid at a temperature under the boiling point (as for softening, bleaching, or extracting an essence)

2 : to cover with or plunge into a liquid (as in bathing, rinsing, or soaking)

3 : to saturate with or subject thoroughly to (some strong or pervading influence) practices steeped in tradition

intransitive verb

: to undergo the process of soaking in a liquid

steep

noun (2)

Definition of steep (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : the state or process of being steeped

2 : a bath or solution in which something is steeped

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Other Words from steep

Adjective

steepish \ ˈstē-​pish \ adjective
steeply adverb
steepness noun

Verb

steeper noun

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Adjective

steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. steep implies such sharpness of pitch that ascent or descent is very difficult. a steep hill a steep dive abrupt implies a sharper pitch and a sudden break in the level. a beach with an abrupt drop-off precipitous applies to an incline approaching the vertical. the river winds through a precipitous gorge sheer suggests an unbroken perpendicular expanse. sheer cliffs that daunted the climbers

Verb

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing. soak the garment in soapy water saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held. a saturated sponge drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured. clothes drenched by a cloudburst steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (such as a color) to the thing immersed. steep the tea for five minutes impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another. a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

Examples of steep in a Sentence

Adjective

The stairs are very steep. a steep drop in prices The store's prices are too steep for me. Their rates are pretty steep.

Verb

Steep the tea for three minutes. The tea steeped for five minutes.
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First Known Use of steep

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1555, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for steep

Adjective

Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap high, steep, deep; akin to Old Frisian stāp steep, Middle High German stief — more at stoop

Verb

Middle English stepen

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More Definitions for steep

steep

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of steep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: almost straight up and down : rising or falling very sharply

: going up or down very quickly

: very high

steep

verb

English Language Learners Definition of steep (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) in a liquid for a period of time

steep

adjective
\ˈstēp \
steeper; steepest

Kids Definition of steep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a very sharp slope : almost straight up and down a steep hill

2 : too great or high steep prices

Other Words from steep

steeply adverb
steepness noun

steep

verb
steeped; steeping

Kids Definition of steep (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to soak in a hot liquid steep tea

2 : to fill with or involve deeply The lost mine was steeped in tragedy …— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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