—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.
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.