[deep] /dip/
adjective, deeper, deepest.
extending far down from the top or surface:
"a deep well; a deep valley."
extending far in or back from the front or from an edge, surface, opening, etc., considered as the front:
"a deep shelf."
extending far in width; broad:
"deep lace; a deep border."
ranging far from the earth and sun:
"a deep space probe."
having a specified dimension in depth:
"a tank 8 feet deep."
covered or immersed to a specified depth (often used in combination):
"standing knee-deep in water."
having a specified width or number of items from front to back (often used in combination):
"shelves that are 10 inches deep; cars lined up at the entrance gates three-deep."
extending or cutting far down relative to the surface of a given object:
"The knife made a deep scar in the table."
situated far down, in, or back:
"deep below the surface; deep in the woods."
reaching or advancing far down:
"a deep dive."
coming from far down:
"a deep breath."
made with the body bent or lowered to a considerable degree:
"a deep bow."
immersed or submerged in or heavily covered with (followed by in):
"a road deep in mud."
difficult to penetrate or understand; abstruse:
"a deep allegory."
not superficial; profound:
"deep thoughts."
grave or serious:
"deep disgrace."
heartfelt; sincere:
"deep affections."
absorbing; engrossing:
"deep study."
great in measure; intense; extreme:
"deep sorrow."
sound and heavy; profound:
"deep sleep."
(of colors) dark and vivid:
"a deep red."
low in pitch, as sound, a voice, or the like:
"deep, sonorous tones."
having penetrating intellectual powers:
"a deep scholar."
profoundly cunning or artful:
"a deep and crafty scheme."
mysterious; obscure:
"deep, dark secrets."
immersed or involved; enveloped:
"a man deep in debt."
absorbed; engrossed:
"deep in thought."
Baseball. relatively far from home plate:
"He hit the ball into deep center field."
Linguistics. belonging to an early stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence; belonging to the deep structure.
the deep part of a body of water, especially an area of the ocean floor having a depth greater than 18,000 feet (5400 meters).
a vast extent, as of space or time.
the part of greatest intensity, as of winter.
Nautical. any of the unmarked levels, one fathom apart, on a deep-sea lead line.
Compare mark1 (def 20).
the deep, Chiefly Literary. the sea or ocean:
"He was laid to rest in the deep."
adverb, deeper, deepest.
to or at a considerable or specified depth:
"The boat rode deep in the water."
far on in time:
"He claimed he could see deep into the future."
profoundly; intensely.
Baseball. at or to a deep place or position:
"The outfielders played deep, knowing the batter's reputation as a slugger."
go off the deep end,
  1. to enter upon a course of action with heedless or irresponsible indifference to consequences.
  2. to become emotionally overwrought.
in deep,
  1. inextricably involved.
  2. having made or committed oneself to make a large financial investment.
in deep water,
  1. in difficult or serious circumstances; in trouble.
  2. in a situation beyond the range of one's capability or skill:
    You're a good student, but you'll be in deep water in medical school.
before 900; Middle English dep, Old English dēop; akin to Gothic diups, Old Norse djupr, Old High German tiof
Related forms
deepness, noun
nondeep, adjective
overdeep, adjective
undeep, adjective
undeeply, adverb
14. recondite, mysterious, obscure, profound. 23. sagacious, wise, profound, shrewd.
1, 10, 15–17, 23. shallow.
Example Sentences for deep
Yellow wood is deep rooted, so you can grow other plants beneath it.
Her usually pale complexion glowed from summer sun, but there were deep, dark lines under her eyes.
deep structures are the input to the semantic component, which describes their meaning.
Price's work in evolutionary biology, while abstract, was breathtakingly original and deep.
Hyperventilation is rapid or deep breathing that can occur with anxiety or panic.
If it commands our attention, it means it triggers a deep longing in our hearts, if not our flesh.
The angry-looking deep sea anglerfish has a right to be cranky.
Visitors will also join scientists on a virtual submersible tour of the deep ocean.
Plant hellebores for blooms of pale green to ruby, garnet, and deep amethyst.
People often talk about the alien beauty of the deep ocean.
British Dictionary definitions for deep
deep (diːp)
adj (foll by in)
1.  extending or situated relatively far down from a surface: a deep pool
2.  extending or situated relatively far inwards, backwards, or sideways: a deep border of trees
3.  cricket relatively far from the pitch: the deep field; deep third man
4.  a.  (postpositive) of a specified dimension downwards, inwards, or backwards: six feet deep
 b.  (in combination): a six-foot-deep trench
5.  coming from or penetrating to a great depth: a deep breath
6.  difficult to understand or penetrate; abstruse
7.  learned or intellectually demanding: a deep discussion
8.  of great intensity; extreme: deep happiness; deep trouble
9.  absorbed or enveloped (by); engrossed or immersed (in): deep in study; deep in debt
10.  very cunning or crafty; devious: a deep plot
11.  mysterious or obscure: a deep secret
12.  (of a colour) having an intense or dark hue
13.  low in pitch or tone: a deep voice
14.  informal go off the deep end
 a.  to lose one's temper; react angrily
 b.  chiefly (US) to act rashly
15.  in deep water in a tricky position or in trouble
16.  throw someone in at the deep end See end
17.  any deep place on land or under water, esp below 6000 metres (3000 fathoms)
18.  the deep
 a.  a poetic term for the ocean
 b.  cricket the area of the field relatively far from the pitch
19.  the most profound, intense, or central part: the deep of winter
20.  a vast extent, as of space or time
21.  nautical one of the intervals on a sounding lead, one fathom apart
22.  far on in time; late: they worked deep into the night
23.  profoundly or intensely
24.  informal deep down in reality, esp as opposed to appearance: she is a very kind person deep down
25.  deep in the past long ago
[Old English dēop; related to Old High German tiof deep, Old Norse djupr]

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Word Origin and History for deep
O.E. deop, from P.Gmc. *deupaz, from PIE *d(e)u- "deep, hollow" (cf. O.C.S. duno "bottom, foundation," O.Ir. domun "world," via sense development from "bottom" to "foundation" to "earth" to "world"). Figurative sense was in O.E.; extended 16c. to color, sound. Deep pocket "wealth" is from 1951. Deep-freeze was a registered trademark (U.S. Patent Office, 1941) of a type of refrigerator; used generically for "cold storage" since 1949. To go off the deep end "lose control of oneself" is slang first recorded 1921, probably in reference to the deep end of a swimming pool, where a person on the surface can no longer touch bottom. When 3-D films seemed destined to be the next wave and the biggest thing to hit cinema since "talkies," they were known as deepies (1953). The gods have spared us.
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  1. Copious, esp well supplied with good athletes : They may not be very deep on the bench, but they're smart/ Fudgie's set was deep, and fifty people showed up (1980s+)
  2. Intense; profound : deep reading of philosophy books


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deep in the Bible

used to denote (1) the grave or the abyss (Rom. 10:7; Luke 8:31); (2) the deepest part of the sea (Ps. 69:15); (3) the chaos mentioned in Gen. 1:2; (4) the bottomless pit, hell (Rev. 9:1, 2; 11:7; 20:13).

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Idioms and Phrases with deep


In addition to the idioms beginning with deep, also see beauty is only skin deep; between a rock and a hard place (devil and deep blue sea); go off the deep end; in deep; still waters run deep.

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