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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
steep1 /stip/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
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.
- to be filled with (some quality, feeling, atmosphere, etc.)[be + ~-ed + in + object]The incident was steeped in mystery and intrigue.
adj., -er, -est, n.
- having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
- (of a price or amount) unduly high;
exorbitant:Those prices are too steep for me.
- extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
- high or lofty.
- a steep place;
declivity, as of a hill.
Middle English stepe (adjective, adjectival), Old English stēap;
akin to stoop1
- to soak in water or other liquid, as to soften, cleanse, or extract some constituent:to steep tea in boiling-hot water; to steep reeds for basket weaving.
- to wet thoroughly in or with a liquid;
- to immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency:an incident steeped in mystery.
- to lie soaking in a liquid.
- the act or process of steeping or the state of being steeped.
- a liquid in which something is steeped.
1 . infuse. 2 . permeate. 3 . bury, engulf.
- ?; compare Swedish stöpa; (noun, nominal) late Middle English stepe, derivative of the verb, verbal
- (verb, verbal) Middle English stepen 1350–1400
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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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