WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
steep1 /stip/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est.
steep•ly, adv.: The mountain rose steeply in front of him.
steep•ness, n. [uncountable]
steep2 /stip/USA pronunciation
- having an almost vertical slope or angle:a steep hill.
- (of a price or amount) too high; exorbitant:$50,000 is a little steep for a new car.
- to (cause to) be soaked in water to soften, cleanse, or extract some component: [no object]The tea is steeping in the pot.[~ + object]to steep some tea.
- [be + ~-ed + in + object] to be filled with (some quality, feeling, atmosphere, etc.):The incident was steeped in mystery and intrigue.
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steep /stiːp/ adj
Etymology: Old English steap; related to Old Frisian stāp, Old High German stouf cliff, Old Norse staupˈsteeply adv ˈsteepness n
- having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
- (as noun): the steep
- informal (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
- informal excessively demanding or ambitious: a steep task
- Brit informal (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
- obsolete elevated
steep /stiːp/ vb
- to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
- (tr; usually passive) to saturate; imbue: steeped in ideology
Etymology: Old English stēpan; related to steap vessel, cup, Old High German stouf, Old Norse staup, Middle Dutch stōpˈsteeper n
- an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
- a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
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