Steep - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stiːp|  American pronunciation of the word steep
Brit.  |stiːp|  British pronunciation of the word steep


- a steep place (as on a hill)
- devote (oneself) fully to (syn: absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge)
- let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse (syn: infuse)
steep the blossoms in oil
steep the fruit in alcohol
- greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation (syn: exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, unconscionable, usurious)
- of a slope; set at a high angle
note the steep incline
a steep roof sheds snow


The stairs are very steep.

The store's prices are too steep for me.

Their rates are pretty steep.

Steep the tea for three minutes.

The tea steeped for five minutes.

If the clothes are very dirty, steep them in soapy water overnight.

The road became rocky and steep.

a steep climb to the top

a steep increase in house prices

Leave the tea bag to steep.

Oh! must those eyes be steeped in tears.

A wealthy, juicy, broad-chested creature, steeped in ale and good cheer.

She struggled to control the cart as it rolled before her down the steep, bumpy road.

He made slow progress down the steep cliff.

Our driveway is a long, steep hill.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: steep
he/she/it: steeps
present participle: steeping
past tense: steeped
past participle: steeped
comparative: steeper
superlative: steepest
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