What is the meaning of deep?


  • The central and most intense or profound part.
    • usage: "in the deep of night"; "in the deep of winter"
  • A long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor.
  • Literary term for an ocean.
    • usage: "denizens of the deep"


  • Relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply.
    • usage: "a deep breath"; "a deep sigh"; "deep concentration"; "deep emotion"; "a deep trance"; "in a deep sleep"
  • Marked by depth of thinking.
    • usage: "deep thoughts"; "a deep allegory"
  • Having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination.
    • usage: "a deep well"; "a deep dive"; "deep water"; "a deep casserole"; "a deep gash"; "deep massage"; "deep pressure receptors in muscles"; "deep shelves"; "a deep closet"; "surrounded by a deep yard"; "hit the ball to deep center field"; "in deep space"; "waist-deep"
  • Very distant in time or space.
    • usage: "deep in the past"; "deep in enemy territory"; "deep in the woods"; "a deep space probe"
  • Extreme.
    • usage: "in deep trouble"; "deep happiness"
  • Having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range.
    • usage: "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet"
  • Strong; intense.
    • usage: "deep purple"; "a rich red"
  • Relatively thick from top to bottom.
    • usage: "deep carpets"; "deep snow"
  • Extending relatively far inward.
    • usage: "a deep border"
  • Of darkness. ( very intense)
    • usage: "thick night"; "thick darkness"; "a face in deep shadow"; "deep night"
  • Large in quantity or size.
    • usage: "deep cuts in the budget"
  • With head or back bent low.
    • usage: "a deep bow"
  • Of an obscure nature.
    • usage: "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
  • Difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge.
    • usage: "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
  • Exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy.
    • usage: "deep political machinations"; "a deep plot"


  • To a great depth; far down.
    • usage: "dived deeply"; "dug deep"
  • To an advanced time.
    • usage: "deep into the night"; "talked late into the evening"
  • To a great distance.
    • usage: "penetrated deep into enemy territory"; "went deep into the woods"
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APAWordNet. (2010). deep. Retrieved June 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/deep/definitions/1172086
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "deep" http://smartdefine.org/deep/definitions/1172086 (accessed June 25, 2018).
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MLAWordNet. "deep" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/deep/definitions/1172086>
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