Meaning of DEEP in English

(~er, ~est)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If something is ~, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.

The water is very ~ and mysterious-looking...

Den had dug a ~ hole in the centre of the garden...

Kelly swore quietly, looking at the ~ cut on his left hand.

...a ~ ravine.

? shallow


Deep is also an adverb.

Deep in the earth’s crust the rock may be subjected to temperatures high enough to melt it...

Gingerly, she put her hand in ~er, to the bottom.

ADV: ADV prep/adv, ADV after v


There isn’t time to dig ~ly and put in manure or compost...

ADV: ADV after v, ADV adj/-ed


A ~ container, such as a cupboard, extends or measures a long distance from front to back.

The wardrobe was very ~.



You use ~ to talk or ask about how much something measures from the surface to the bottom, or from front to back.

I found myself in water only three feet ~...

The mud is ankle ~ around Shush Square...

How ~ did the snow get?

ADJ: amount ADJ, n ADJ, how ADJ, as ADJ as , ADJ-compar than

Deep is also a combining form. inch-~ stab wound.



Deep in an area means a long way inside it.

They were now ~ inside rebel territory.

ADV: ADV prep/adv, ADV after v


If you say that things or people are two, three, or four ~, you mean that there are two, three, or four rows or layers of them there.

A crowd three ~ seemed paralysed by the images on these monitors...

ADV: num ADV


You use ~ to emphasize the seriousness, strength, importance, or degree of something.

I had a ~ admiration for Sartre...

He wants to express his ~ sympathy to the family.

= profound

ADJ: usu ADJ n emphasis


Our meetings and conversations left me ~ly depressed...

= profoundly



If you experience or feel something ~ inside you or ~ down, you feel it very strongly even though you do not necessarily show it.

Deep down, she supported her husband’s involvement in the organization.

ADV: ADV prep/adv, ADV with cl


If you are in a ~ sleep, you are sleeping peacefully and it is difficult to wake you.

Una soon fell into a ~ sleep.

? light



She slept ~ly but woke early.

ADV: ADV after v


If you are ~ in thought or ~ in conversation, you are concentrating very hard on what you are thinking or saying and are not aware of the things that are happening around you.

Abby had been so ~ in thought that she had walked past her aunt’s car without even seeing it...

ADJ: v-link ADJ in n


A ~ breath or sigh uses or fills the whole of your lungs.

Cal took a long, ~ breath, struggling to control his own emotions...



She sighed ~ly and covered her face with her hands.

ADV: ADV after v


You use ~ to describe colours that are strong and fairly dark.

The sky was ~ blue and starry...

? pale


Deep is also an adjective.

...~ colours.

? pale

ADJ: usu ADJ n


A ~ sound is low in pitch.

His voice was ~ and mellow...

They heard a ~, distant roar.

? high



If you describe someone as ~, you mean that they are quiet and reserved in a way that makes you think that they have good qualities such as intelligence or determination.

James is a very ~ individual...

? shallow



If you describe something such as a problem or a piece of writing as ~, you mean that it is important, serious, or complicated.

They’re written as adventure stories. They’re not intended to be ~.



If you are ~ in debt, you have a lot of debts.

He is so ~ in debt and desperate for money that he’s apparently willing to say anything...

ADV: ADV in/into n


Because of her medical and her legal bills, she is now penniless and ~ly in debt.

ADV: ADV in/into n


If you know something ~ down or ~ down inside, you know that it is true, but you are not always conscious of it or willing to admit it to yourself.

We knew ~ down that we could do it...

Deep down, we had always detested each other.

PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl


If you say that you took a ~ breath before doing something dangerous or frightening, you mean that you tried to make yourself feel strong and confident.

I took a ~ breath and went in.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that something goes ~ or runs ~, you mean that it is very serious or strong and is hard to change.

His anger and anguish clearly went ~...

PHRASE: V inflects


in at the ~ end: see end

in ~ water: see water

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