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Definition of steady verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steady
    he / she / it steadies
    past simple steadied
    -ing form steadying
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] steady (yourself/somebody/something) to stop yourself/someone or something from moving, shaking, or falling; to stop moving, shaking, or falling She steadied herself against the wall. The elevator rocked slightly, steadied, and the doors opened.
  2. 2[intransitive] to stop changing and become regular again Her heartbeat steadied. steady against something The dollar steadied against other major currencies.
  3. 3[transitive] steady somebody/something to make someone or something calm He took a few deep breaths to steady his nerves.
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