steady Definition

  • 1firmly fixed, supported, or balanced
  • 2not shaking or moving
  • 3constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit

Using steady: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "steady" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She took a deep breath to steady her nerves.

  • Example

    He held the ladder steady while I climbed up.

  • Example

    The company has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade.

  • Example

    We need to maintain a steady supply of food and water.

steady Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with steady

  • used to tell someone to be more careful or to stop doing something


    Steady on! You'll break it if you're not careful.

  • very stable and reliable, not likely to change or fail


    Despite all the chaos around him, he remained steady as a rock.

  • to remain calm and focused, especially in a difficult situation


    In order to perform the surgery successfully, the surgeon had to keep a steady hand.

Origins of steady

from Old English 'stæððig', meaning 'secure, steadfast'


Summary: steady in Brief

The term 'steady' [ˈstɛdi] describes something that is firmly fixed, supported, or balanced, and not shaking or moving. It can also refer to being constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit, such as 'The company has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade.' Phrases like 'steady on' are used to tell someone to be more careful, while 'steady as a rock' denotes stability and reliability.

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