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steep

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of steep

  1. 1 having an incline approaching the perpendicular a very steep rock face that is nearly impossible to climb Synonyms of steep abrupt, bold, precipitous, sheer Words Related to steep perpendicular, plumb, straight, vertical; craggy, hillocky, hilly, mountainous, scarped; angled, canted, cocked, heeled, inclined, listed, slanted, sloped, tilted, tipped Near Antonyms of steep gentle, gradual, moderate, soft; even, flat, flush, horizontal, level, plane, smooth, unruffled, unwrinkled Antonyms of steep easy

  2. 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 Synonyms of steep baroque, devilish, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, fancy, immoderate, inordinate, insane, intolerable, lavish, overdue, overextravagant, overmuch, overweening, plethoric, excessive, stiff, towering, unconscionable, undue, unmercifulWords Related to steep boundless, endless, immeasurable, infinite, limitless; unbearable, unjustifiable, unwarranted; improper, inappropriate, thick, unseemly; unrestrainedNear Antonyms of steep deficient, inadequate, insufficient; minimal, minimumAntonyms of steep middling, moderate, modest, reasonable, temperate

Synonym Discussion of steep

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

steep

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of steep

  1. 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 Synonyms of steep endue (or indue), imbue, inculcate, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, infuse, suffuseWords Related to steep animate, charge, enliven, invigorate, leaven; implant, instill, plant; impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate; deluge, drown, fill, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submergeNear Antonyms of steep deprive, divest, strip; clear, empty; eliminate, remove, take away

  2. 2 to wet thoroughly with liquid chew fresh ginger that has been steeped in hot water to aid digestion Synonyms of steep drench, drown, impregnate, macerate, saturate, sodden, sop, souse, soakWords Related to steep waterlog, water-soak; marinate, seethe; presoak; dip, immerse, inundate, submerge, swamp; bathe, douse (also dowse), hydrate, swill, wash, water; infiltrate, penetrate, permeate; damp, dampen, humidify, moistenNear Antonyms of steep dehydrate, desiccate, dry, parch, sear; drain, empty, void; dehumidifyAntonyms of steep wring (out)

Synonym Discussion of steep

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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