broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side.
a broad avenue
wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned
rugs eight feet wide
or applied to unfilled space between limits.
a wide doorway
broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered.
deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.
a deep cupboard
Examples of deep in a Sentence
We walked in the deep snow.
a deep valley between the mountains
The water is deepest in the middle of the lake.
She's afraid of swimming in deep water.
a plant with deep roots
The house has lots of deep closets.
She has a small but deep wound on her arm.
This enormous canyon is over a mile deep.
The shelves are 10 inches deep.
He stepped into an ankle-deep puddle of mud. Adverb
The ship now lies deep below the water's surface.
Our feet sank deeper into the mud.
The treasure was buried deep within the ground.
Their secret offices were located deep underground.
We walked deep into the forest.
The soldiers are operating deep within enemy territory.
I stood three feet deep in the water.
He stepped ankle-deep into a puddle of mud. Noun
the kind of cold weather that we usually have only in the deep of winter
sailors exploring the farther reaches of the briny deepSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
Share [Findings] Climate change was expected to drive American lobsters to seek deeper waters, beavers to colonize new parts of Canada, and wolf spiders in the high Arctic to produce a second annual brood.—Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Which makes fetching a bit of a paradox—a behavior with deep wild roots that has been coaxed out by a playful relationship with us.—Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2023 For the latter, the gold standard is called a deep inferior epigastric perforator, or DIEP flap, which transfers a person’s tissue from the abdomen (without cutting through muscle) to re-create their breasts.—Paige Stables, Allure, 22 Nov. 2023 The emphasis on quality craftsmanship and sustainable materials reflects a deep respect for the environment and a desire for long-lasting, timeless design.—Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 Don't let the vanilla in the name fool you—the candle emits all things spicy with the help of tobacco leaf, deep woods, musk, and maple, all of which are rounded out by spiced vanilla.—Michelle Rostamian, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 The top of the boots stretches to accommodate larger calves while also retracting to keep cold air and deep snow out.—Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 Our writer found a deep sense of awe and appreciation – even transformation – in her connection with others.—Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Achieve Flawless Skin with This Olay Serum
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At the company’s San Francisco office, giddy employees snacked on chicken tenders, drank boba tea and champagne, and celebrated Mr. Altman’s return deep into the night.—Kevin Roose, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Helped by kindly neighbor Sumiko (Sakura Ando), the couple make a home together out of necessity, but romance is not part of the equation until deep into the proceedings.—Richard Kuipers, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 Astronauts traveling deep into space endure mental health battles.—Fox News Staff, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 The steam wash option digs deep into fabric to get rid of stains without damaging your clothes.—Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023 Overnight, Israeli fighter jets and helicopters struck Hezbollah targets deep inside Lebanon, hitting an aluminum factory on the edge of the city of Nabatiyeh, among other targets, according to a Hezbollah spokesperson and videos posted online.—Loay Ayyoub, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 Chargers Jared Goff’s winning touch keeps surprising 7-2 Lions rolling at expense of Chargers
Nov. 13, 2023
The Chargers went deep on their wide receiver depth chart, but wasn’t Jalen Guyton a big surprise with four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown?—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The beauty welcomed her first child, Wilde Wolfe Cooper, with husband Maximillion, in February of 2022 and has been happily knee deep in motherhood ever since.—Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 10 Nov. 2023 But all through the Seven Days’ Fight, And deep in the Wilderness grim,
And in the field-hospital tent,
And Petersburg crater, and dim
Lean brooding in Libby, there came—
Ah heaven!—Randall Fuller, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023
For now, President Joe Biden faces a couple of Democratic challengers, but is expected to secure his party's nomination, while former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have dominated the early Republican race in a field that is about a dozen deep.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 Aug. 2023 Only the fifth task is what is ordinarily thought of as the primary one: to transport people into the dark, hostile deep.—Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 1 July 2023 On third-and-4 from Pittsburgh’s 41, Williams appeared to have thrown an incomplete deep to Tre Walker, but Butler, the former Michigan State corner, was flagged for pass interference.—Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2023 Aim for a pile that's 4' wide by 4' deep by 4' high.—Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2023 Deep, deep in geologic time, some 600 million or 700 million years ago, the very first animals evolved on Earth.—Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 17 May 2023 There are other plants in some of the locations; how close/deep/much to use in the root method without hurting other plants would be helpful to know.—oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2023 Deep down, their actions may stem from deep insecurities, but their outward confidence often leads to them treating others badly without any consideration.—Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 10 Mar. 2023 The new-baby craze isn’t finished yet, either, with Roberts recalling this year’s list of expecting parents being around half-a-dozen deep.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2023 See More
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Adjective, Adverb, and Noun
Middle English dep, from Old English dēop; akin to Old High German tiof deep, Old English dyppan to dip — more at dip
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b(2)
The first known use of deep was
before the 12th century