[ US /ˈdip/ ]
[ UK /dˈiːp/ ]
  1. of an obscure nature
    in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life
    the inscrutable workings of Providence
    rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands
    a deep dark secret
    the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms
  2. relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply
    a deep breath
    deep concentration
    a deep sigh
    deep emotion
    a deep trance
    in a deep sleep
  3. having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
    a deep voice
    a bass clarinet
    a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice
  4. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
    a deep metaphysical theory
    the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them
    some recondite problem in historiography
  5. very distant in time or space
    a deep space probe
    deep in enemy territory
    deep in the woods
    deep in the past
  6. having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination
    deep water
    a deep dive
    a deep gash
    deep shelves
    deep pressure receptors in muscles
    hit the ball to deep center field
    deep massage
    in deep space
    a deep well
    a deep closet
    a deep casserole
    surrounded by a deep yard
  7. large in quantity or size
    deep cuts in the budget
  8. (of darkness) densely dark
    deep night
    thick night
    a face in deep shadow
    thick darkness
  9. with head or back bent low
    a deep bow
  10. extending relatively far inward
    a deep border
  11. strong; intense
    a rich red
    deep purple
  12. exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy
    deep political machinations
    a deep plot
    deep political machinations
  13. intense or extreme
    deep happiness
    in deep trouble
  14. relatively thick from top to bottom
    deep snow
    deep carpets
  15. marked by depth of thinking
    a deep allegory
    deep thoughts
  1. to a great depth; far down or in
    dived deeply
    dug deep
  2. to an advanced time
    deep into the night
    talked late into the evening
  3. to a great distance
    penetrated deep into enemy territory
    went deep into the woods
  1. a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
  2. the central and most intense or profound part
    in the deep of winter
    in the deep of night
  3. literary term for an ocean
    denizens of the deep
    denizens of the deep
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How To Use deep In A Sentence

  • Their dried dung is found everywhere, and is in many places the only fuel afforded by the plains; their skulls, which last longer than any other part of the animal, are among the most familiar of objects to the plainsman; their bones are in many districts so plentiful that it has become a regular industry, followed by hundreds of men (christened "bone hunters" by the frontiersmen), to go out with wagons and collect them in great numbers for the sake of the phosphates they yield; and Bad Lands, plateaus, and prairies alike, are cut up in all directions by the deep ruts which were formerly buffalo trails. VIII. The Lordly Buffalo
  • The results were disastrous, plunging the country into deep depression, with high unemployment, sharply falling living standards and serious political unrest.
  • The Oni character is a deep-rooted aspect of Japanese culture.
  • Horatia was still in mourning for her mother, and wore a black skirt, but Lucilla's was of rich deep gentianella-coloured silk, and the buttons of her white vest were of beautiful coral. Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster
  • People were simply showing their deep respect, their real admiration and their love for one they felt had touched their lives.
  • The man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries - a deep wound to his side had punctured a lung.
  • I am deeply honoured to be invited to this momentous occasion.
  • Its route will pass mainly through soft rock and above deep-lying, brackish ground water.
  • If we want to avert a very deep recession it is absolutely vital that these psychological factors are reversed.
  • Both were well known in this close-knit community and deepest sympathy is extended to their families.
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