WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
steep1 /stip/USA pronunciation adj., -er, -est.
  1. having an almost vertical slope or angle:a steep hill.
  2. (of a price or amount) too high; exorbitant:$50,000 is a little steep for a new car.
steep•ly, adv.: The mountain rose steeply in front of him.
steep•ness, n. [uncountable]

steep2 /stip/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. 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.
  2. [be + ~-ed + in + object] to be filled with (some quality, feeling, atmosphere, etc.):The incident was steeped in mystery and intrigue.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

steep /stiːp/ adj
  1. having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
  2. (as noun): the steep
  3. informal (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
  4. informal excessively demanding or ambitious: a steep task
  5. Brit informal (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
  6. obsolete elevated
Etymology: Old English steap; related to Old Frisian stāp, Old High German stouf cliff, Old Norse staup

ˈsteeply adv ˈsteepness n
steep /stiːp/ vb
  1. to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
  2. (tr; usually passive) to saturate; imbue: steeped in ideology
  1. an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
  2. a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
Etymology: Old English stēpan; related to steap vessel, cup, Old High German stouf, Old Norse staup, Middle Dutch stōp

ˈsteeper n

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