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1 having an incline approaching the perpendicular
  • a very steep rock face that is nearly impossible to climb

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2 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount
  • we would like to hire him, but his salary demands are just too steep

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Synonyms & Antonyms of steep (Entry 2 of 3)

1 to cause (as a person) to become filled or saturated with a certain quality or principle
  • grew up steeped in the ways of his ancestors
  • a town steeped in history

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2 to wet thoroughly with liquid
  • chew fresh ginger that has been steeped in hot water to aid digestion

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Synonyms & Antonyms of steep (Entry 3 of 3)

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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


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

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24 Feb 2020

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“Steep.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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