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English adjective: steep

1. steep having a sharp inclination

SamplesThe steep attic stairs.
Steep cliffs.

Similarabrupt, bluff, bold, heavy, perpendicular, precipitous, sharp, sheer, steep-sided, steepish

See alsoperpendicular, vertical


2. steep greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

SamplesExorbitant rent.
Extortionate prices.
Spends an outrageous amount on entertainment.
Usurious interest rate.
Unconscionable spending.

Synonymsexorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, unconscionable, usurious



3. steep of a slope; set at a high angle

SamplesNote the steep incline.
A steep roof sheds snow.



English noun: steep

1. steep (object) a steep place (as on a hill)

Broader (hypernym)declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall

English verb: steep

1. steep (cognition) devote (oneself) fully to

SamplesHe immersed himself into his studies.

Synonymsabsorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet

Narrower (hyponym)drink, drink in

Verb groupimmerse, plunge

2. steep (change) let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse

SamplesSteep the blossoms in oil.
Steep the fruit in alcohol.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)imbue, soak

Narrower (hyponym)decoct, draw, infuse, marinade, marinate

Verb groupinfuse

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