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adjective steep pronunciation in British English /stiːp/ 
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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.

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  2. 2
    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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The track began to climb fairly steeply upwards.

Export orders continued to fall steeply.


noun [uncountable]
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