August 21, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
steep /ˈstiːp/ verb

steeps; steeped; steeping

The woman is steeping the tea.
The woman is steeping the tea.
Learner's definition of STEEP

: to put (something) in a liquid for a period of time

[+ object]

  • Steep the tea for three minutes.

[no object]

  • The tea steeped for five minutes.

steep in [phrasal verb]

1 steep (someone) in (something) : to make (someone) know and understand a lot about (something)

  • Prior to his trip, he spent a few weeks steeping himself in the language. [=learning a lot about the language]

— often used as (be) steeped in

  • She was steeped in the classics. [=she had learned a lot about the classics]

2 — used as (be) steeped in to say that there is a lot of something in a place, time, etc.

  • an area steeped in history [=an area where many important historical events occurred]

  • It was a time in the nation's history that was steeped in bloodshed. [=a time when there was a lot of bloodshed]

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