deep1 W1S2 [di:p] adj comparative deeper superlative deepest
1¦(going far down)¦
2¦(going far in)¦
8¦(difficult to understand)¦
10 deep in thought/conversation etc
11 deep in debt
12 a deep impression
14 be in deep shit
15 be in deep water
16¦(ball games)¦
17 jump/be thrown in at the deep end
18 go off at the deep end
[: Old English; Origin: deop]
a) going far down from the top or from the surface
≠ ↑shallow
The castle is on an island surrounded by a deep lake.
The swimming pool has a deep end and a shallow end for kids.
We'll take the boat out into deep water where we can dive.
a deep narrow valley
b) you use deep to say what distance something goes down from the top or surface
2 metres/6 feet etc deep
Dig a hole around 12 inches deep.
ankle-deep/waist-deep etc
In places, the snow was waist-deep (=deep enough to reach a person's waist) .
2.) ¦(GOING FAR IN)¦
going far in from the outside or from the front edge of something
a deep wound
She was sitting in a deep leather chair.
3.) ¦(SERIOUS)¦
serious or severe
Despite the peace process, there are deep divisions in the community.
The country is in a deep recession.
Evan would be in deep trouble if he was caught.
4.) ¦(BREATH)¦
a deep breath or ↑sigh is one in which you breathe a lot of air in or out
She stopped and took a deep breath .
Tom gave a deep sigh of relief.
a deep feeling, belief etc is very strong and sincere
May I express my deepest sympathy.
The letters show her deep affection for him.
He has a deep understanding of the environment.
6.) ¦(SOUND)¦
a deep sound is very low
Her laugh was deep and loud.
I love that deep bass line.
7.) ¦(COLOUR)¦
a deep colour is dark and strong
≠ ↑light, pale ↑pale
She gazed at him with wide deep blue eyes.
The berries are a deep red colour.
important but complicated or difficult to understand
These problems are too deep for me.
There is a deep issue of principle involved.
9.) ¦(SLEEP)¦
if someone is in a deep sleep, it is difficult to wake them
He lay down and fell into a deep sleep .
10.) deep in thought/conversation etc
thinking so hard or paying attention to something so much that you do not notice anything else that is happening around you
11.) deep in debt
owing a lot of money
12.) a deep impression
a strong effect or influence that remains for a long time
What he said made a deep impression on me.
13.) ¦(PERSON)¦
a deep person is serious and intelligent, but is hard to know well
Henry has always been a deep one . He keeps his views to himself.
14.) be in deep shit
spoken not polite to be in a bad situation because of something you have done
15.) be in deep water
to be in trouble or in a difficult or serious situation
The company is in deep water over their refusal to reduce prices.
16.) ¦(BALL GAMES)¦
a deep ball is hit, thrown, or kicked to a far part of the sports field
17.) jump/be thrown in at the deep end
to choose to do or be made to do a very difficult job without having prepared for it
She decided to jump in at the deep end, buy a farm, and teach herself.
18.) go off at the deep end informal
to become angry suddenly and violently, usually when there is not a good reason
deep 2
deep2 W3 adv
1.) [always + adverb/preposition]
a long way into or below the surface of something
Some bones were hidden deep beneath the ground.
The railway tunnel led deep under the mountains.
We were deep in a tropical rainforest (=far from the edge of the forest) .
Tom stared deep into her eyes.
They talked deep into the night (=very late) .
2.) deep down
a) if you know or feel something deep down, you secretly know or feel it even though you do not admit it
He knew, deep down, that he would have to apologise.
b) if someone is good, evil etc deep down, that is what they are really like even though they usually hide it
Deep down, she is a very caring person.
3.) two/three etc deep
if things or people are two deep, three deep etc, there are two, three etc rows or layers of things or people
People were standing four deep at the bar.
4.) run/go deep
if a feeling such as hatred or anger runs deep in someone, they feel it very strongly, especially because of something that has happened in the past
The prejudice runs deep and we need to understand the fears behind it.
5.) be in (too) deep informal
to be very involved in a situation, especially so that it causes you problems
still waters run deep atstill2 (5)
deep 3
deep3 n
the deep
literary the sea

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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