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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Steep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steeped p. pr. & vb. n. Steeping.]  To soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively.
    Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep.   --Shak.
 In refreshing dew to steep
 The little, trembling flowers.   --Wordsworth.
    The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.   --Earle.