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steep 1

 (stēp)
adj. steep·er, steep·est
1. Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
2. At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in imports.
3.
a. Excessive; stiff: a steep price.
b. Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
n.
A precipitous slope.

[Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap.]

steep′ly adv.
steep′ness n.
Synonyms: steep1, abrupt, precipitous, sheer2
These adjectives mean so sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular: steep cliffs; an abrupt drop-off; precipitous hills; a sheer descent.

steep 2

 (stēp)
v. steeped, steep·ing, steeps
v.tr.
1. To immerse in liquid for a period of time, as to cleanse, treat, or extract a given property from: steeped the cloth in red dye; steeped the tea bag in boiling water.
2. To involve or preoccupy thoroughly; immerse: As a child, she steeped herself in adventure stories.
3. To make thoroughly wet; saturate.
v.intr.
To undergo a soaking in liquid: Let the tea steep for five minutes.
n.
1.
a. The act or process of steeping.
b. The state of being steeped.
2. A liquid, bath, or solution in which something is steeped.

[Middle English stepen, perhaps from Old English *stīepan; akin to Swedish stöpa and Danish støbe, to soak (barley for malting), cast (metal), from Germanic *staupjan, probably denominative verb from *staupan, a kind of vessel for liquids (also the source of Old Norse staup, cup; see stoup).]

steep′er n.

steep

(stiːp)
adj
1.
a. having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
b. (as noun): the steep.
2. informal (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
3. informal excessively demanding or ambitious: a steep task.
4. informal Brit (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
5. obsolete elevated
[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
3. an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
4. a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
[Old English stēpan; related to steap vessel, cup, Old High German stouf, Old Norse staup, Middle Dutch stōp]
ˈsteeper n

steep1

(stip)

adj. -er, -est,
n. adj.
1. having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, or stairs.
2. (of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant.
3. high or lofty.
n.
4. a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.
[before 900; Old English stēap; akin to stoop1]
steep′ly, adv.
steep′ness, n.

steep2

(stip)

v.t.
1. to soak in water or other liquid, as to soften, cleanse, or extract some constituent.
2. to wet thoroughly in or with a liquid; drench; saturate; imbue.
3. to saturate with some pervading or absorbing influence or agency: an incident steeped in mystery.
v.i.
4. to lie soaking in a liquid.
n.
5. the act or process of steeping or the state of being steeped.
6. a liquid in which something is steeped.
[1350–1400; (v.) Middle English stepen, obscurely akin to Dan støba, Swedish stöpa to steep]
steep′er, n.

steep


Past participle: steeped
Gerund: steeping

Imperative
steep
steep
Present
I steep
you steep
he/she/it steeps
we steep
you steep
they steep
Preterite
I steeped
you steeped
he/she/it steeped
we steeped
you steeped
they steeped
Present Continuous
I am steeping
you are steeping
he/she/it is steeping
we are steeping
you are steeping
they are steeping
Present Perfect
I have steeped
you have steeped
he/she/it has steeped
we have steeped
you have steeped
they have steeped
Past Continuous
I was steeping
you were steeping
he/she/it was steeping
we were steeping
you were steeping
they were steeping
Past Perfect
I had steeped
you had steeped
he/she/it had steeped
we had steeped
you had steeped
they had steeped
Future
I will steep
you will steep
he/she/it will steep
we will steep
you will steep
they will steep
Future Perfect
I will have steeped
you will have steeped
he/she/it will have steeped
we will have steeped
you will have steeped
they will have steeped
Future Continuous
I will be steeping
you will be steeping
he/she/it will be steeping
we will be steeping
you will be steeping
they will be steeping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been steeping
you have been steeping
he/she/it has been steeping
we have been steeping
you have been steeping
they have been steeping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been steeping
you will have been steeping
he/she/it will have been steeping
we will have been steeping
you will have been steeping
they will have been steeping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been steeping
you had been steeping
he/she/it had been steeping
we had been steeping
you had been steeping
they had been steeping
Conditional
I would steep
you would steep
he/she/it would steep
we would steep
you would steep
they would steep
Past Conditional
I would have steeped
you would have steeped
he/she/it would have steeped
we would have steeped
you would have steeped
they would have steeped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.steep - a steep place (as on a hill)steep - a steep place (as on a hill)  
declivity, downslope, declination, declension, fall, decline, descent - a downward slope or bend
Verb1.steep - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
immerse, plunge - cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
drink in, drink - be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"
2.steep - let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; "steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol"
marinade, marinate - soak in marinade; "marinade herring"
decoct - steep in hot water
infuse - undergo the process of infusion; "the mint tea is infusing"
draw - steep; pass through a strainer; "draw pulp from the fruit"
imbue, soak - fill, soak, or imbue totally; "soak the bandage with disinfectant"
Adj.1.steep - having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"
vertical, perpendicular - at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line; "a vertical camera angle"; "the monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab"; "measure the perpendicular height"
gradual - (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope"
2.steep - greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usurious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending"
immoderate - beyond reasonable limits; "immoderate laughter"; "immoderate spending"
3.steep - of a slope; set at a high angle; "note the steep incline"; "a steep roof sheds snow"
high - (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high'); "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high"

steep

1
adjective
1. sheer, precipitous, perpendicular, abrupt, headlong, vertical a narrow, steep-sided valley
sheer gentle, moderate, gradual, easy, slight
2. sharp, sudden, abrupt, marked, extreme, distinct Unemployment has shown a steep rise.
3. (Informal) high, excessive, exorbitant, extreme, stiff, unreasonable, overpriced, extortionate, uncalled-for The annual premium can be a little steep.
high fair, reasonable, moderate

steep

2
verb soak, immerse, marinate (Cookery), damp, submerge, drench, moisten, macerate, souse, imbrue (rare) green beans steeped in olive oil

steep 1

adjective
1. So sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular:
2. Vastly exceeding a normal limit, as in cost:

steep 2

verb
To saturate (something) with a liquid:
Chemistry: infuse.
Translations
باهِظ الثَّمَنشَدِيدُ الإِنْحِدَارشَديد الإنْحِداريَنْتَقِع، يَتَبَلَّل
strmýnamáčetpřemrštěný
stejlvoldsomlægge i blød
jyrkkä
strm
bratturgegnbleytaóheyrilegur
急な
가파른
iemērktizmirktkraujšpārāk augsts/lielspārmērīgs
namáčať
strm
brant
สูงชัน
dikiyice ıslatmakaşırı
dốc

steep

1 [stiːp] ADJ (steeper (compar) (steepest (superl)))
1. [hill, cliff] → empinado, escarpado; [stairs, slope, climb] → empinado
it's too steep for the tractorestá demasiado pendiente para el tractor, la pendiente es demasiado empinada para el tractor
it's a steep climb to the tophay una subida empinada hasta la cumbre
2. (= sharp) [drop] → abrupto, brusco; [increase] → pronunciado
3. [price, demands] → excesivo
4. (Brit) (= unreasonable) that's pretty steep!¡eso es demasiado!, ¡no hay derecho!
it's a bit steep that you've got to do it yourselfno es justo que lo tengas que hacersolo

steep

2 [stiːp]
A. VT
1. [+ washing] → remojar, poner a or en remojo (in en)
2. steeped in (fig) → impregnado de
a town steeped in historyuna ciudad cargada or impregnada de historia
she is steeped in the Celtic traditionella está empapada de la tradición celta
a ceremony which is steeped in ancient traditionuna ceremonia que hunde sus raíces en la más antigua tradición
he was steeped in the religion and laws of Judaismestaba imbuido de la religión y las leyes judaicas
B. VI to leave sth to steepdejar algo a or en remojo

steep

[ˈstiːp]
adj
[slope, hill] → raide, escarpé(e); [climb, ascent, descent, street] → escarpé(e); [drop] → abrupt(e)
[increase, rise, decline] → fort(e) before n
(= expensive) [price, bill] → salé(e)
vt
to be steeped in sth [+ oil, wine] → être macéré(e) dans qch
The olives are steeped in oil → Les olives sont macérées dans l'huile.
BUT On fait macérer les olives dans l'huile.

steep

1
adj (+er)
steil; falltief; it’s a steep climbes geht steil hinauf; there’s been a steep drop in the value of the pounddas Pfund ist stark gefallen
(fig inf) demand, priceunverschämt; billgepfeffert (inf), → gesalzen (inf); that’s pretty steep!das ist allerhand!; it seems a bit steep that …es ist ein starkes Stück, dass …

steep

2
vt
(in liquid) → eintauchen; (in marinade, dye) → ziehen lassen; dried food, washingeinweichen
(fig) to be steeped in somethingvon etw durchdrungen sein; steeped in historygeschichtsträchtig; steeped in vice/prejudicedurch und durch verdorben/voreingenommen; a scholar steeped in the classicsein Gelehrter, der sich in die Klassiker versenkt hat
vi to leave something to steepetw einweichen; (in marinade, dye) → etw ziehen lassen

steep

1 [stiːp] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → ripido/a; (cliff) → scosceso/a; (increase, drop) → drastico/a (fig) (fam) (price) → alto/a; (demands) → eccessivo/a; (story) → inverosimile
it's a bit steep! (fig) (fam) → è un po' troppo!

steep

2 [stiːp] vt (washing) to steep (in)mettere a bagno (in) (Culin) → lasciare in infusione
a town steeped in history (fig) → una città impregnata di storia
steeped in prejudice → pieno/a di pregiudizi

steep1

(stiːp) adjective
1. (of eg a hill, stairs etc) rising with a sudden rather than a gradual slope. The hill was too steep for me to cycle up; a steep path; a steep climb.
2. (of a price asked or demand made) unreasonable or too great. He wants rather a steep price for his house, doesn't he?; That's a bit steep!
ˈsteepness noun
ˈsteeply adverb
in a steep or sudden way. The path/prices rose steeply.

steep2

(stiːp)
to soak thoroughly.

steep

شَدِيدُ الإِنْحِدَار strmý stejl steil απόκρημνος empinado jyrkkä escarpé strm irto 急な 가파른 steil bratt stromy íngreme крутой brant สูงชัน dik dốc 陡峭的
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The hills which surrounded the cottage terminated the valley in that direction; under another name, and in another course, it branched out again between two of the steepest of them.
On the second day of their descent, the travellers, having got beyond the steepest pitch of the mountains, came to where the deep and rugged ravine began occasionally to expand into small levels or valleys, and the stream to assume for short intervals a more peaceful character.
At the steepest point of the hill there was a little burial-ground, with a Cross and a new large figure of Our Saviour on it; it was a poor figure in wood, done by some inexperienced rustic carver, but he had studied the figure from the life--his own life, maybe--for it was dreadfully spare and thin.
A plowman was skinning his farm one morning--not the steepest part of it, but still a steep part--that is, he was not skinning the front of his farm, but the roof of it, near the eaves--when he absent-mindedly let go of the plow-handles to moisten his hands, in the usual way; he lost his balance and fell out of his farm backward; poor fellow, he never touched anything till he struck bottom, fifteen hundred feet below.
The many imported species must have destroyed some of the native kinds; and it is only on the highest and steepest ridges that the indigenous Flora is now predominant.
The authorities, hurrying in the direction of the cry, found the corpse of the warder who patrols the top of the north wall of the prison, the steepest and most difficult exit, for which one man has always been found sufficient.
5 percent in December 2017 compared to the previous month, which was the steepest month-on-month decline among the countries from which Eurostat had data available.
Notable exceptions are Vrindavan (+7%), Puri (+9%), Rameswaram (+8%) and Mysore which witnessed the steepest increase at 18%.
2 percent on Tuesday, its steepest daily drop since July 2015.
President Doris Leuthard has inaugurated the Stoos funicular railway line, the steepest in the world.
Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world's steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts.
NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is driving to an alternative hillside target after a climb on the steepest slope ever tackled by any Mars rover.