Steep Steep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeped} (st[=e]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Steeping}.] [OE. stepen, probably fr. Icel. steypa to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of st[=u]pa to stoop; cf. Sw. st["o]pa to cast, to steep, Dan. st["o]be, D. & G. stippen to steep, to dip. Cf. {Stoop}, v. i.] To soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

In refreshing dew to steep The little, trembling flowers. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin. --Earle. [1913 Webster]

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