I UK [ˈstedɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "steady":
adjective steady comparative steadier superlative steadiest
1) firmly held in a particular position without moving or shaking

Hold the torch steady so I can see better.

steady hand:

You have to have a steady hand to be a surgeon.

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 towards 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.

Nouns frequently used with steady
▪  drip, flow, stream, supply, trickle
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 a steady worker.

5) reliable and continuing for a long period of time
steady work/job/income:

It wasn't easy to find steady work in the city.

a steady boyfriend/girlfriend — someone that you have a romantic relationship with for a long period of time

Derived word:

Rachel was silent, watching him steadily.

The pain steadily increased in intensity.

II UK [ˈstedɪ] / US verb
Word forms "steady":
present tense I/you/we/they steady he/she/it steadies present participle steadying past tense steadied past participle steadied
1) [transitive] to hold something firmly without shaking or moving it

Barnett managed to steady the ship and avoid the rocks.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to start to remain at a price, value, level etc for a period of time, or to make something do this

The value of their currency has now steadied.

Steadying his voice, Adam began to answer the question.

III UK [ˈstedɪ] / US adverb
Word forms "steady":
comparative steadier superlative steadiest

go steady (with someone)informal old-fashioned to be in a romantic relationship with someone for a long period of time

Annie's been going steady with Mike since last September.

IV UK [ˈstedɪ] / US interjection informal
used for warning someone, or for telling them to be careful

Steady! You almost ran into me!

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