Steep means sharply angled. When hiking trails lead straight up mountainsides, they've got a steep incline. Steep also means "to soak in," as in steeping a tea bag in boiling water.

You often hear steep used as an adjective to describe cliffs, hills, or even water park slides that have a perilous slope. Steep can apply to curves on a chart––you might say when someone who has a lot to learn that their learning curve is going to be steep. Steep also comes up to describe exorbitant changes in costs or spending. Everyone would love to travel more, but sometimes plane fare is too steep.

Definitions of steep
  1. adjective
    having a sharp inclination
    “the steep attic stairs”
    steep cliffs”
    abrupt, precipitous, sharp
    extremely steep
    bluff, bold, sheer
    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
    sharply inclined
    extremely steep
    somewhat steep
    having very steep sides
    perpendicular, vertical
    at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
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    (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt
    easy, gentle
    marked by moderate steepness
    having a slanting form or direction
    at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position
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  2. adjective
    of a slope; set at a high angle
    “note the steep incline”
    “a steep roof sheds snow”
    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
  3. adjective
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
  4. noun
    a steep place (as on a hill)
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    type of:
    declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
    a downward slope or bend
  5. verb
    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
    steep the blossoms in oil”
    synonyms: infuse
    undergo the process of infusion
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    marinade, marinate
    soak in marinade
    steep in hot water
    undergo the process of infusion
    steep; pass through a strainer
    type of:
    imbue, soak
    fill, soak, or imbue totally
  6. verb
    devote (oneself) fully to
    synonyms: absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up
    immerse, plunge
    cause to be immersed
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    drink, drink in
    be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
    type of:
    center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
    direct one's attention on something
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