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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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. to be filled with (some quality, feeling, atmosphere, etc.)[be + ~-ed + in + object]The incident was steeped in mystery and intrigue.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
steep1 (stēp), 
adj., -er, -est, n. 

adj. 
  1. having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
  2. (of a price or amount) unduly high;
    exorbitant:Those prices are too steep for me.
  3. extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
  4. high or lofty.

n. 
  1. a steep place;
    declivity, as of a hill.
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English stepe (adjective, adjectival), Old English stēap;
akin to stoop1
steeply, adv. 
steepness, n. 

steep2 (stēp), 
v.t. 
  1. 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.
  2. to wet thoroughly in or with a liquid;
    drench;
    saturate;
    imbue.
  3. to immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency:an incident steeped in mystery.

v.i. 
  1. to lie soaking in a liquid.

n. 
  1. the act or process of steeping or the state of being steeped.
  2. a liquid in which something is steeped.
Etymology:
  • ?; compare Swedish stöpa; (noun, nominal) late Middle English stepe, derivative of the verb, verbal
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English stepen 1350–1400
steeper, n. 
1 . infuse. 2 . permeate. 3 . bury, engulf.

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
n
  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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