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steep

adjective uk   /stiːp/ us  

steep adjective (NOT GRADUAL)

B1 (of a slope) rising or falling at a sharp angle: a steep slope It's a steep climb to the top of the mountain, but the view is worth it. The castle is set on a steep hill/hillside.Slanting, sloping, leaning, tiltingHills and mountains C1 A steep rise or fall is one that goes very quickly from low to high or from high to low: There has been a steep increase/rise in prices.Slanting, sloping, leaning, tilting

steep adjective (TOO MUCH)

informal (especially of prices) too much, or more than is reasonable: They are having to face very steep taxes. We enjoyed our meal at the restaurant, but the bill was a bit steep. The membership fees at the golf club are pretty steep.Costing too muchExpensive and luxurious
steepness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstiːp.nəs/ us  

steep

verb [I or T] uk   /stiːp/ us  
to cause to stay in a liquid, especially in order to become soft or clean, or to improve flavour: Leave the cloth to steep in the dye overnight. We had pears steeped in red wine for dessert.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing
Phrasal verbs
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