Main definitions of steep in English

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steep1

adjective

  • 1(of a slope, flight of stairs, or angle) rising or falling sharply; almost perpendicular.

    ‘she pushed the bike up the steep hill’
    • ‘The whole stretch of these steep slopes were once upon a time known as the ‘ravine of the monkeys’ because only monkeys could climb these ravines with ease.’
    • ‘Many follow the island's 1,365 miles of irrigation channels, called levadas, stretches of which run along steep slopes with precipitous drops to one side.’
    • ‘Getting on to the platforms is a huge problem for him as he is faced with steep flights of stairs he must climb before reaching the platforms.’
    • ‘From here tackle the eroded path which climbs the steep slopes just east of Ben Vrackie's SW crags.’
    • ‘From her angle, it appeared to be a steep slope of some kind.’
    • ‘Leave the path about a mile after Lone and climb steep slopes interspersed with bands of rock.’
    • ‘The buss rolled on, up hills, down steep slopes, then up a few more hills.’
    • ‘She had to hit the ball at just the right angle off the side to make it roll up a steep slope around a curve.’
    • ‘At Gusev Crater, Spirit had to divert from her original course up Husband Hill because the slopes were too steep and the sandy terrain too slippery.’
    • ‘The Danish Kitchen in High Ousegate has no disabled toilets at all, and the ordinary toilets are up an impossibly steep flight of stairs.’
    • ‘After another gate, continue to a stream before climbing north-eastwards up the steep slopes of Compass Hill, whose iron content plays havoc with the compass.’
    • ‘We pass along dark, narrow corridors and up and down innumerable flights of steep stairs.’
    • ‘The lavatory is on the same level as the rest of the box - at the top of two long, steep flights of stairs.’
    • ‘He was a dedicated hill climber, though, and on every steep slope was at or near the front.’
    • ‘Bearded passages of vegetation cling to steep rock, and the strong Yangtze current spills diagonally along the bottom of the frame.’
    • ‘Franz could see that they were heading west, up into the steep slopes of the Continental Divide, angling towards Berthoud Pass.’
    • ‘Bungling bureaucrats even failed to inform people that there was a problem with the stairlift and that the only way to get to the first floor centre was up a steep flight of stairs.’
    • ‘Proposed changes include moving the box office, which is currently at the top of a steep flight of stairs, to the ground floor.’
    • ‘They come in out of relatively deep water on to steep beaches, rather than break, surge up the beach.’
    • ‘There the vast plain narrowed to just under five kilometers wide, protected on the south by the steep slope of Mount Gilboa and by the hills of Galilee on the north.’
    precipitous, sheer, abrupt, sharp, perpendicular, vertical, bluff, vertiginous, dizzy
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    1. 1.1 (of a rise or fall in an amount) very large or rapid.
      ‘the steep rise in unemployment’
      • ‘Parents are being urged to make sure their children receive their MMR vaccine after a steep rise in the number of confirmed cases of measles in parts of Essex.’
      • ‘It was a very steep rise from March through to the end of May.’
      • ‘These associations started in Europe and the United States some 30 years ago at a time of rapid expansion in the road traffic industry and a steep rise in road traffic injuries.’
      • ‘Other independent traders who are facing steep rises include Tony Nixon, owner of a second-hand car dealership in Bournemouth, Dorset.’
      • ‘The Met can't seem to make its mind up over whether there has been ‘no fluctuation’ in knife crime in the past three years, or a steep rise.’
      • ‘God is back, according to a recent survey in which 59% said he was meaningful to them etc, representing a steep rise in religious feeling.’
      • ‘There are warnings that council tax could rise or services be cut to pay for the steep rise in bills to heat and provide power to offices, schools, homes for the elderly and leisure centres.’
      • ‘There was a steep rise in the number of wandering lunatics following the Erwadi tragedy.’
      • ‘Police say advanced technology in mobile phones is behind a steep rise in vehicle crime in south Manchester.’
      • ‘However, this increase must be placed in the context of a steep rise in the cost to the Exchequer of disease eradication measures in recent years.’
      • ‘How these results square with the steep rise in the incidence of depression over recent years, Time did not explain.’
      • ‘The teaching crisis and steep rise in policing costs alone make further big increases look inevitable.’
      • ‘Wandsworth's riverside quarters have seen particularly steep rises in income in recent years.’
      • ‘Not only is there going to be a steady and steep rise in the numbers needing long-term care, but there is a falling number of those of working age paying the tax to provide it.’
      • ‘But fears were growing that many householders would face steep rises in bills as a result.’
      • ‘‘We are seeing quite a steep rise among young people,’ he said.’
      • ‘The steep rise in thefts is also damaging the Government's record on crime.’
      • ‘One of the immediate results of the attacks on America was a steep rise in the purchase of books about Islam and the Middle East.’
      • ‘Despite steep rises in crime after the 1960s similar to Britain, countries such as America, France and Germany have all been more effective at tackling it.’
      • ‘Big corporations, meanwhile, will get hit especially hard by the steep rise in property taxes.’
      sharp, sudden, precipitate, precipitous, rapid
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  • 2informal (of a price or demand) not reasonable; excessive.

    ‘a steep membership fee’
    • ‘But banks could end up paying a steep price for such fees if any of the complex deals start to unravel - a higher risk in the middle of an economic downturn.’
    • ‘But families exercise that right at the steep price of losing income they otherwise would have earned.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of lives seem a steep price to pay to give diplomacy a chance.’
    • ‘Merchants could pay a steep price for stiffing shoppers.’
    • ‘Apart from Dravid who always puts a steep price on his wicket, the others have only confirmed that they are good wicket and good condition players.’
    • ‘Those who obstruct and resist will pay a steep price.’
    • ‘What we endeavour to find are quality wines that don't come at a steep price, and these seem to be rare.’
    • ‘By making our own franchises we'll ultimately make more money instead of paying a steep price for an existing brand that may or may not work.’
    • ‘For the sake of peace, Israel paid the steep price Oslo demanded.’
    • ‘However, thanks to its extra frills like a high-resolution screen and the camera, it retails at a steep price of $999.’
    • ‘Rear seat space limited, price is steep, if you use all the performance of the car you will drop well below 30 mpg.’
    • ‘Sims had better deliver because the club paid a steep price, its third-round pick, to move up two spots to draft him.’
    • ‘Prices are steep, with rooms beginning at 130 euros a night, meals excluded.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was completely casual and relaxed - despite the steep prices, fancy location and posh decor.’
    • ‘Prices are steep, with 10,000 euros for silver club membership and 50,000 euros to join the gold club.’
    • ‘Although prices are steep, there is a huge demand for high-quality property in Europe's top ski resorts.’
    • ‘The service was amicable, the ambience was charming, and though the prices were fairly steep for Sofia standards, the experience was worth it.’
    • ‘He said the fares were being kept down to reasonable levels despite the steep increase in petrol prices.’
    • ‘Today, people are paying steep prices for violating copyrights.’
    • ‘Property in the popular Lake Como area usually achieves a healthy resale value but, as in all scenic parts of Italy, prices are steep.’
    expensive, dear, costly, high, stiff
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    1. 2.1dated (of a claim or account) exaggerated or incredible.
      ‘this is a rather steep statement’

noun

Skiing
literary
  • A steep mountain slope.

    ‘hair-raising steeps’
    • ‘A cross between Nordic skiing, snowboard terrain park courses and sprint racing, NordiX racing events feature everything from ugly uphill sections to banked slalom turns to steeps and jumps.’
    • ‘A lot of people break at the waist too much when they ski the steeps.’
    • ‘Reared on the steeps, many skiers in our area of the Rockies, including myself, stuck with AT gear.’
    • ‘Observe the ski patrol working a toboggan down the steeps.’
    • ‘They are simple to use on flat and gentle terrain, but glide better on the steeps, which of course, will also take a little more practice.’

Origin

Old English stēap ‘extending to a great height’, of West Germanic origin; related to steeple and stoop.

Pronunciation

steep

/stiːp/

Main definitions of steep in English

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steep2

verb

[with object]
  • 1Soak (food or tea) in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavour or to soften it.

    ‘the chillies are steeped in olive oil’
    no object ‘the noodles should be left to steep for 3–4 minutes’
    • ‘The garbanzo plants exuded a flavorful, acidic dew which made for a wonderful sun tea when the leaves were steeped in a jar of water.’
    • ‘Make the compress by steeping 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers or 1 chamomile tea bag in 1 cup boiling hot water for 20 minutes.’
    • ‘I ordered some hot water to steep my raspberry leaf in and took out my little baggy full of the herb and set it on the table.’
    • ‘According to Meech, a number of Japanese dealers went him one better, and aged prints by steeping them in tea or a solution of soot and water.’
    • ‘If powered tea is not available, make steeped green tea from tea bags bought at the grocery store.’
    • ‘Make the tea by steeping 1 teaspoon or 1 tea bag of one of these dried herbs in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Lemon grass also makes a refreshing tea when steeped in boiled water.’
    • ‘If you want the cider to also deter insects, gently steep some tomato leaves therein along with other strong aromatics like cedar.’
    • ‘I used to spray with hot peppers and garlic steeped in water, which seemed to not only repel furry critters but also aphids.’
    • ‘They will have already been bathed in a ritual on their ninth day, in water steeped with herbs and leaves.’
    • ‘Tea was steeped, cakes and cookies presented, comfortable seats procured for the triplet to lounge in.’
    • ‘Wet-milling involves several steps, starting with soaking, or steeping, corn in water and sulfur dioxide for 24 to 36 hours.’
    • ‘You also can steep herbs in hot water for caffeine-free teas.’
    • ‘They were made by distilling or steeping herbs and flowers, and by mixing aromatic oils with alcohol.’
    • ‘I sometimes get really neurotic about steeping my tea for the exact amount of time, and if I go a few seconds over the recommended time the tea tastes too bitter to me.’
    • ‘During conventional wet milling, corn is steeped for 24 to 36 hours in water and sulfur dioxide to begin the separation of the starch and protein connections.’
    • ‘Stella is her own cookbook, and she began by steeping orange pekoe tea bags for sweet tea.’
    • ‘I was still amused by this all; I had never actually seen someone go to the trouble of coming to a café so they could get water, and steep their own tea.’
    • ‘Originally only consisting of three seats, the new Green T House is 50,000 square feet of slightly wavy lines and designer hot water steeping designer tea leaves.’
    • ‘Trillium Herbal's exfoliating sea salt polish is steeped in wonderful organic essential oils including sesame, jojoba, olive and sunflower.’
    marinade, marinate, soak, souse, macerate
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    1. 1.1 Soak or saturate (cloth) in water or other liquid.
      ‘sheets were steeped in mercury sulphate as a disinfectant’
      • ‘Cover the mixture, steep for two hours, then strain it through muslin cloth into a suitable watering can or pump-spray bottle.’
      soak, saturate, immerse, submerge, wet through, drench
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  • 2usually be steeped inSurround or fill with a quality or influence.

    ‘a city steeped in history’
    • ‘While, as a Singaporean Chinese, Alicia is steeped in the traditions of China and in the food of one of the world's most eclectic, subtle, and delicious, culinary crossroads.’
    • ‘Banff National Park is steeped in history dating back to traces of human habitation in the Bow Valley more than 11,000 years ago.’
    • ‘Despite their youth, the six members of the Warsaw Village Band are steeped in the traditional music of their native Poland.’
    • ‘Born in Omagh, Arty McGlynn's family were steeped in traditional music, but when his mother bought him his first guitar at the age of eleven, it was the great jazz guitar masters that he studied.’
    • ‘The Kelly home in Tullyhill, Rathcormack, is steeped in music.’
    • ‘The Yankees themselves, and the stadium, are steeped in glory and history.’
    • ‘Few people are steeped in film history like Dennis James.’
    • ‘The region is the home of Blues music, and is steeped in the history of the river and, of course, the War of Northern Aggression.’
    • ‘They pointed out that this whole area is steeped in history.’
    • ‘Japanese cuisine was steeped in tradition, and he wasn't necessarily interested in cooking the classic dishes.’
    • ‘He was steeped in the individualistic waters of evangelical religion.’
    • ‘The Kavanagh family is steeped in local history, having been involved in the famous Evictions of 1860 and having also had close links with the Tourmakeady Ambush of 1921.’
    • ‘I don't think there's a line of Shakespeare I can't recognise at least or even place, but I never felt that way about Milton even when I was steeped in him.’
    • ‘The place was steeped in British naval history.’
    • ‘This food is steeped in appalling animal suffering and exploitation.’
    • ‘The surrounding area is steeped in culture and history with many historical sites and castles worthy of a visit nearby.’
    • ‘Your cuisine is steeped in the traditions of your family and the region.’
    • ‘The Heath is a fascinating and worthwhile look at an area of Greater London which now abounds with sought-after residences and is steeped in history.’
    • ‘The elegant Georgian convent buildings, including a neo-classical chapel dating from 1769, are steeped in history.’
    • ‘The Indian village of Bodh Gaya is steeped in the history of Buddhism - its burgeoning tourism goes hand in hand with the religion's beginnings.’
    imbue with, fill with, permeate with, pervade with, suffuse with, infuse with, perfuse with, impregnate with, soak in
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Origin

Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to stoup.

Pronunciation

steep

/stiːp/