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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steepadjective

    a steep place (as on a hill)

  2. steepadjective

    having a sharp inclination

    "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"

  3. exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usuriousadjective

    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

    "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usurious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending"

  4. steepverb

    of a slope; set at a high angle

    "note the steep incline"; "a steep roof sheds snow"

  5. steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak upverb

    devote (oneself) fully to

    "He immersed himself into his studies"

  6. steep, infuseverb

    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse

    "steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steepadjective

    bright; glittering; fiery

  2. Steepverb

    to soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively

  3. Steepverb

    to undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping

  4. Steepnoun

    something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds

  5. Steepnoun

    a rennet bag

  6. Steepverb

    making a large angle with the plane of the horizon; ascending or descending rapidly with respect to a horizontal line or a level; precipitous; as, a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep declivity; a steep barometric gradient

  7. Steepverb

    difficult of access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high

  8. Steepverb

    excessive; as, a steep price

  9. Steepnoun

    a precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of the horizon; a precipice

  10. Etymology: [OE. stepen, probably fr. Icel. steypa to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of stpa to stoop; cf. Sw. stpa to cast, to steep, Dan. stbe, D. & G. stippen to steep, to dip. Cf. Stoop, v. i.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steep

    stēp, adj. rising or descending with great inclination: precipitous: difficult, excessive, exorbitant.—n. a precipitous place: a precipice.—adj. Steep′-down (Shak.), deep and precipitous.—v.i. Steep′en, to become steep.—ns. Steep′iness, Steep′ness, the state or quality of being steep.—adv. Steep′ly.—adj. Steep′y, steep. [A.S. steáp; Ice. steypthr.]

  2. Steep

    stēp, v.t. to dip or soak in a liquid: to imbue.—n. something steeped or used in steeping: a fertilising liquid for seed: rennet.—n. Steep′er, a vessel in which articles are steeped. [Scand., Ice. steypa, to make to stoop, pour out, causal of stúpa, to stoop.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'steep' in Adjectives Frequency: #664

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steep in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of steep in a Sentence

  1. Christy Smith:

    All of it presents a challenge, we knew the challenges were steep, but we never could have envisioned anything like this.

  2. Bhim Bahadur Gurung:

    The pathways are steep and filled with rocks and stones.

  3. Ed Clissold:

    Too steep of a curve implies that inflation is getting out of control and the Fed may have to tighten quickly.

  4. Richard Ziegler:

    The slopes becomes too steep, gravity takes over, and rocks start to fall.

  5. Steffen Seibert:

    The number of severe cases in intensive patients is still rising. The number of deaths is something that is not really being talked about and it remains very high, we have not yet managed to bring the numbers back to a low level. We have basically only managed to get past the first step so far, that is, to stop the strong, steep, exponential increase of infections and we are now stable, but our numbers are still very, very high.

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