steady stead‧y 1 [ˈstedi] adjective
1. happening, developing, or moving in a continuous gradual way:

• There has been a steady decline in demand over the past 12 months.

• The market has experienced three years of steady growth.

• We continue to make steady progress in improving key areas of our business.

2. staying at about the same level:

• Software dealers found that prices are steady in spite of the currency fluctuation.

• In December, energy prices plunged 1.4% after holding steady the month before.

3. steady job/​work/​income a job or work that will definitely continue over a long period of time:

• For years, the promise of steady work attracted waves of immigrants to the area.

— steadily adverb :

• Business has steadily increased year by year.

— steadiness noun [uncountable] :

• sterling's relative steadiness against other currencies

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steady UK US /ˈstedi/ adjective
continuing to happen or change at a gradual and regular rate: steady rise/growth/increase »

Retail sales showed steady growth through 2010.


Orders for new ships are rising, after several years of steady decline.


The plant has made steady progress in lowering production costs.

steady flow/stream/trickle »

Over the last 10 years he has produced a steady flow of successful new designs.

fixed and not moving or changing suddenly: hold/remain steady »

Most rental prices have held steady this year.

steady against sth »

The dollar was steady against the yen.

steady income/supply/revenue »

The annuity yields a steady income.

a steady job is likely to last for a long time and not be lost suddenly: »

Her disability makes it difficult for her to keep a steady job.


If he finds steady work, his family will move to the area with him.

steadiness noun [U]

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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