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Definition of steep adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (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 increase in unemployment
  3. 3(informal) (of a price or demand) too much; unreasonable synonym expensive $5 for a cup of coffee seems a little steep to me.
    adverb a steeply sloping roof The path climbed steeply upward. Prices rose steeply.
    noun [uncountable]
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