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steepadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /stip/
(of a slope) rising or falling at a sharp angle: The train slowed as it went up a steep incline.
A steep rise or fall is one that goes very quickly from low to high or from high to low: Yesterday’s steep decline in the value of the dollar was unexpected.
(esp. of prices) too high; more than is reasonable: We enjoyed our stay at the hotel, but the charges were a bit steep.

steepverb [I/T]

 us   /stip/
  • steep verb [I/T] (MAKE WET)

to stay or cause to stay in a liquid, esp. in order to improve flavor or to become soft or clean: [I] Let the tea steep for five minutes. [T] This stain will come out if you steep the cloth in cold water.
To be steeped in something is to be filled with it or to know a lot about it: [T] The college is steeped in tradition.
(Definition of steep from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"steep" in British English

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steepadjective

uk   /stiːp/  us   /stiːp/
  • 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.
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.

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steepness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstiːp.nəs/  us   /ˈstiːp.nəs/

steepverb [I or T]

uk   /stiːp/  us   /stiːp/
(Definition of steep from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"steep" in Business English

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steepadjective

uk   us   /stiːp/
sudden and very big: steep decline/drop/fall With the steep fall in the price of oil, the economy has slowed significantly.steep rise/increase The property market is beginning to decline after years of steep price increases.
very high or higher than is reasonable: steep fee/charge/cost Investors are concerned about the steep cost of the banking bail-out. Co-operatives could soon face steep taxes.
(Definition of steep from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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