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Main Entry: 1steep
Function: adjective 1: having a very sharp slope : almost straight up-and-down 2: being or characterized by a very rapid decline or increase 3: too great or high <steep prices> - steepĚlyadverb synonymsSTEEP, PRECIPITOUS, SHEER mean having a slope that is close to exactly upright. STEEP implies such sharpness of pitch that going up or down is very difficult <a steep hill>. PRECIPITOUS applies to a slope so sharp that it is almost straight up-and-down <the river winds through a precipitous gorge>. SHEER suggests an unbroken precipitous expanse <sheer cliffs that made the climbers hesitate>.