- 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[intransitive] to stop changing and become regular again Her heartbeat steadied. steady against something The pound steadied against the dollar.
- 3[transitive] steady somebody/something to make somebody/something calm He took a few deep breaths to steady his nerves. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘unwavering, without deviation’): from stead + -y. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.
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//