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steep



Pronunciation: (stēp), [key]
adj., -er, -est,
n.


adj.
1. having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
2. (of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant: Those prices are too steep for me.
3. extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
4. high or lofty.

n.
a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.

steep



Pronunciation: (stēp), [key]
v.t.
1. to soak in water or other liquid, as to soften, cleanse, or extract some constituent: to steep tea in boiling-hot water; to steep reeds for basket weaving.
2. to wet thoroughly in or with a liquid; drench; saturate; imbue.
3. to immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency: an incident steeped in mystery.

v.i.
to lie soaking in a liquid.

n.
1. the act or process of steeping or the state of being steeped.
2. a liquid in which something is steeped.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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