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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.
  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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