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adjective steep pronunciation in American English /stip/
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adjectivesteep
comparativesteeper
superlativesteepest

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  1. 1
    a steep slope rises quickly and is difficult to climb
    a steep slope/hill/bank/path
    It was a steep climb out of the valley.
    1. a.
      a steep drop or fall is sudden and nearly vertical
      Suddenly the plane pitched forwards into a steep dive.
  2. 3
    a steep increase or fall in something is sudden and very big
    a steep rise in oil prices
    This once abundant species is clearly suffering a steep decline.

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steeply

adverb
The track began to climb fairly steeply upwards.
Export orders continued to fall steeply.

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