steep

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.

Primary Meanings of steep

1.
adjn
having a sharp inclination
a steep place (as on a hill)
2.
v
let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
Full Definitions of steep
1

adj having a sharp inclination

“the steep attic stairs”
steep cliffs”
Synonyms:
abrupt, precipitous, sharp
extremely steep
bluff, bold, sheer
very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
heavy
sharply inclined
perpendicular
extremely steep
steepish
somewhat steep
steep-sided
having very steep sides
perpendicular, vertical
at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
Antonyms:
gradual
(of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt
easy, gentle
marked by moderate steepness
sloping
having a slanting form or direction
inclined
at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position
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adj of a slope; set at a high angle

“note the steep incline”
“a steep roof sheds snow”
Synonyms:
high
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')

adj greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

Synonyms:
exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, unconscionable, usurious
immoderate
beyond reasonable limits

n a steep place (as on a hill)

Type of:
declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
a downward slope or bend
2

v let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse

steep the blossoms in oil”
steep the fruit in alcohol”
Synonyms:
infuse
infuse
undergo the process of infusion
Types:
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marinade, marinate
soak in marinade
decoct
steep in hot water
infuse
undergo the process of infusion
draw
steep; pass through a strainer
Type of:
imbue, soak
fill, soak, or imbue totally

v devote (oneself) fully to

Synonyms:
absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up
immerse, plunge
cause to be immersed
Types:
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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