Definition of steep adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stiːp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːp//
    (steeper, steepest)
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  1. 1  (of a slope, hill, etc.) rising or falling quickly, not gradually a steep hill/slope/bank a steep climb/descent/drop a steep flight of stairs The path grew steeper as we climbed higher.
  2. 2  [usually before noun] (of a rise or fall in an amount) sudden and very big synonym sharp a steep decline in the birth rate a steep rise in unemployment
  3. 3(informal) (of a price or demand) too much; unreasonable synonym expensive £2 for a cup of coffee seems a little steep to me. He wants to move in here with us? That’s a bit steep!
  4. Word Originadjective Old English stēap ‘extending to a great height’, of West Germanic origin; related to steeple and the verb stoop.
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