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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From an unrecorded Old English stiepan

steep

2 verb
     
Related topics: Cooking
steep2 [intransitive and transitive]
1

be steeped in history/tradition/politics etc

to have a lot of a particular quality:
a town steeped in history
2DFC to put food in a liquid and leave it there, so that it becomes soft or has the same taste as the liquid, or so that it gives the liquid its taste:
Leave the tea bag to steep.

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