- steady stead‧y 1 [ˈstedi] adjective1. 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
* * *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.