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"deep" in British English

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deepadjective

uk   /diːp/  us   /diːp/
  • deep adjective (LONG WAY DOWN)

A2 going or being a long way down from the top or surface, or being of a particular distance from the top to the bottom: a deep well/mine a deep river/sea a deep cut The hole is so deep you can't see the bottom. The water's not deep here - look, I can touch the bottom. Drill 20 holes, each 2 inches deep. The water's only ankle/knee/waist-deep, so we'll be able to get across the river easily. Take a few deep breaths (= breaths that fill the lungs with air) and calm down.

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  • deep adjective (COMPLICATED)

C2 showing or needing serious thought, or not easy to understand: His films are generally too deep for me.

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  • deep adjective (FRONT TO BACK)

B2 If something is deep, it has a large distance between its edges, especially between its front and back edges: Is the alcove deep enough for bookshelves? The wardrobe is 2 m high, 1 m wide and 60 cm deep. By midnight, there were customers standing six deep (= in six rows) at the bar.
deep in/inside/within sth
B1 near the middle of something, and a long distance from its edges: Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother lived in a house deep in the forest.

deepadverb

uk   /diːp/  us   /diːp/

deepnoun

uk   /diːp/  us   /diːp/
(Definition of deep from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deep" in American English

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deepadjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /dip/
going or being a long way down from the top or surface, or being at a particular distance down from the top: She had a deep cut on her left arm. During the flood, the water in the basement was knee-deep (= it would reach the knees of an average adult).

deepadjective

 us   /dip/
  • deep adjective (FRONT TO BACK)

having a (sometimes stated) distance from front to back: I want the bookcase shelves to be 12 inches deep. The crowd along the parade route was six deep (= in six rows).
  • deep adjective (STRONGLY FELT)

strongly felt or experienced, or having a strong and lasting effect: Our deep love for each other will last forever. He awoke from a deep sleep. Joseph, deep in thought (= thinking so much that he is not aware of others), didn’t hear Erin enter the room.
  • deep adjective (COMPLICATED)

[-er/-est only] difficult to understand; complicated: His book on how the brain works is too deep for me.
  • deep adjective (LOW SOUND)

[-er/-est only] (of a sound) low: He was a large man with a deep voice.
  • deep adjective (DARK)

[-er/-est only] (of a color) strong and dark: The sky is a deep blue.
(Definition of deep from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deep" in Business English

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deepadjective [usually before noun]

uk   us   /diːp/
very large or serious: Employees were forced to accept deep cuts in pay and benefits. a deep recession. These deep discounts will be a major factor in stimulating local telephone competition in Pennsylvania.
in deep trouble
experiencing very serious problems: But the question is whether any business strategy can save a company in such deep trouble.
be in/get into deep water
to be in or get into serious trouble: The main problem's going to be cash flow. It's the same in any business that gets into deep water.
deep in debt
owing a very large amount of money: Why are the banks willing to allow people like this to get even deeper into debt?
deep pockets
if you say that an organization or a person has deep pockets, you mean that they have a lot of money to spend: The sleek new car promises to do well, but it takes deep pockets to market premium cars across Europe.
jump in/throw sb in at the deep end
to start, or make someone start, doing something new and difficult without help or preparation: When new people start in our call centre, we give them basic training in all our systems and then throw them in at the deep end on day one.
(Definition of deep from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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