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  1. (adjective) Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
  2. (adjective) At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in salaries.
  3. (adjective) Excessive; stiff: a steep price.
  4. (adjective) Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
  5. (noun) A precipitous slope.
  6. (verb-transitive) To soak in liquid in order to cleanse, soften, or extract a given property from.
  7. (verb-transitive) To infuse or subject thoroughly to.
  8. (verb-transitive) To make thoroughly wet; saturate.
  9. (verb-intransitive) To undergo a soaking in liquid.
  10. (noun) The act or process of steeping.
  11. (noun) The state of being steeped.
  12. (noun) A liquid, bath, or solution in which something is steeped.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. At this point in what he describes as a steep learning curve, Tjian does not foresee major changes at HHMI. - Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News
  2. State industries still dominate the Chinese economy, even though they are in steep decline. - Extreme Free Trade, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
  3. Supposedly the Church of England is in steep decline in England itself. - A Flock Divided
  4. Both filed separately for bankruptcy last year, Jennifer's unemployment benefits expired, and monthly premiums for the family's private health insurance remain steep because of her preexisting condition. - Struggling Mom Jennifer Cline Sells Obama Letter For $7,000 To Survive
  5. The US was in steep debt after WWII, but that was followed by the prosperity of the 1950s. - How to Fix the Deficit, Part II | Heretical Ideas Magazine


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