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1 extending far downward
  • lowered their bucket down a deep well
  • the ax made a deep cut into the wood

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2 having a low musical pitch or range
  • the tour guide had an impressively deep voice

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5 having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning
  • one of those deep passages in the Bible that can be interpreted in any number of different ways

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8 having considerable extent
  • an economist with a deep understanding of the forces that propel the global economy

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9 having the mind fixed on something
  • I was so deep in the mystery novel that I didn't hear the doorbell

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10 not close in time or space
  • an episode in her deep past that she had never spoken about, even to her husband

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1 the most intense or characteristic phase of something
  • the kind of cold weather that we usually have only in the deep of winter

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2 the whole body of salt water that covers nearly three-fourths of the earth
  • sailors exploring the farther reaches of the briny deep

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3 an immeasurable depth or space
  • the belief that somewhere in the deep of outer space humankind will meet its ultimate destiny

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How is the word deep different from other adjectives like it?

The words broad and wide are common synonyms of deep. While all three words mean "having horizontal extent," deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.

a deep cupboard

deep woods

Where would broad be a reasonable alternative to deep?

The meanings of broad and deep largely overlap; however, broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered.

broad shoulders

When is it sensible to use wide instead of deep?

In some situations, the words wide and deep are roughly equivalent. However, wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned, or when applied to unfilled space between limits.

rugs eight feet wide

a wide doorway

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“Deep.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/deep. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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