stead|y1 [ `stedi ] adjective **
▸ 1 held firmly
▸ 2 gradually developing
▸ 3 not changing
▸ 4 reliable/sensible
▸ 5 lasting a long time
1. ) firmly held in a particular position without moving or shaking:
Hold the flashlight steady so I can see better.
steady hand: You have to have a steady hand to be a doctor.
steady gaze/look: She brought her eyes up to meet his steady gaze.
2. ) slowly and gradually continuing to change, move, or happen:
Slow but steady progress has been made toward concluding the deal.
steady growth/increase/rise: The company hopes to see a steady increase in car sales this year.
steady stream/flow: A steady stream of people came to our grand opening.
3. ) staying at the same level, speed, value, etc.:
steady rhythm/rate/pace: She listened to the steady rhythm of his breathing as he slept.
4. ) reliable, sensible, and able to make good decisions:
Casey was always known to be a steady worker.
5. ) reliable, and for a long period of time:
steady work/job/income: It wasn't easy to find steady work in the city.
a ) a steady boyfriend/girlfriend someone that you have a romantic relationship with for a long period of time
b ) a steady relationship a romantic relationship that continues for a long period of time
╾ stead|i|ly adverb:
Rachel was silent, watching him steadily.
The pain steadily increased in intensity.
stead|y2 [ `stedi ] verb
1. ) transitive to hold something firmly without shaking or moving it:
Barnett managed to steady the ship and avoid the rocks.
a ) steady yourself to get your balance back so that you will not fall:
Ralph steadied himself on the arm of the chair.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to get something back to a price, value, level, etc. that will stay the same for a period of time:
The value of their currency has now steadied.
Steadying his voice, Adam began to answer the question.
steady your nerves
to stop yourself from feeling nervous
stead|y3 [ `stedi ] adverb
go steady (with someone)
to be in a romantic relationship with someone for a long period of time:
Annie's been going steady with Mike since last September.
stead|y4 [ `stedi ] noun count AMERICAN INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED
someone that someone else has been having a romantic relationship with for a long period of time
stead|y5 [ `stedi ] interjection INFORMAL
used for warning someone or telling them to be careful:
Steady! You almost ran into me!

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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