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steady

adjective uk   /ˈsted.i/ us  

steady adjective (GRADUAL)

B2 happening in a smooth, gradual, and regular way, not suddenly or unexpectedly: The procession moved through the streets at a steady pace. Orders for new ships are rising, after several years of steady decline. Over the last ten years he has produced a steady flow/stream/trickle of articles and papers. Progress has been slow but steady.

steady adjective (FIRM)

B2 fixed and not moving or changing suddenly: I'll hold the boat steady while you climb in. Most rental prices have held steady this year. Young people assume that if you are in a steady relationship, you don't have to worry about HIV. steady job/work C2 work that is likely to continue for a long time and for which you will be paid regularly: Owning your own home and having a steady job will help when applying for a loan.

steady adjective (CONTROLLED)

B2 under control: a steady voice/look/gaze You need steady nerves to drive in city traffic. Painting these small details needs a steady hand. describes someone who can be trusted to show good judgment and act in a reasonable way: a steady friend
steadiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

steady

verb [T] uk   /ˈsted.i/ us  

steady verb [T] (STOP MOVING)

to make something stop shaking or moving: He wobbled about on the bike and then steadied himself. He steadied his rifle on the wall and fired.

steady verb [T] (CONTROL)

to become calm and controlled, or to make someone do this: Some people say that a drink will steady your nerves.

steady

adverb uk   /ˈsted.i/ old-fashioned us  
go steady (with sb) to have a romantic relationship with one person for a long period: She's been going steady with Mike for six months.
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