Definition of steady verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    steady

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈstedi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstedi//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steady
    BrE BrE//ˈstedi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstedi//
     
    he / she / it steadies
    BrE BrE//ˈstediz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstediz//
     
    past simple steadied
    BrE BrE//ˈstedid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstedid//
     
    past participle steadied
    BrE BrE//ˈstedid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstedid//
     
    -ing form steadying
    BrE BrE//ˈstediɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstediɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] steady (yourself/somebody/something) to stop yourself/somebody/something from moving, shaking or falling; to stop moving, shaking or falling She steadied herself against the wall. The lift rocked slightly, steadied, and the doors opened.
  2. 2[intransitive] to stop changing and become regular again Her heartbeat steadied. steady against something The pound steadied against the dollar.
  3. 3[transitive] steady somebody/something to make somebody/something calm He took a few deep breaths to steady his nerves.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘unwavering, without deviation’): from stead + -y. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.
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