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    steep

    Leave the cloth to steep in the dye overnight.
    We had pears steeped in red wine for dessert.
    The sentences above are from my dictionary.

    Can I say:

    steep the cloth in the dye

    steep pears in red wine
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    Re: steep

    Examples: "steeped the cloth in red dye; steeped the tea bag in boiling water."—quoted from https://www.thefreedictionary.com/steep
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    Re: steep

    Can I say "soak" the teabag in the water?

    I mean what the difference between 'soak' and 'steep' is in such a context?
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    #4

    Re: steep

    To me, steep implies a long period of soaking – maybe overnight.

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    Re: steep

    I think "steep" implies the taste will pass into the water according to https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/steep
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    #6

    Re: steep

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    Can I say "soak" the teabag in the water?

    I mean what the difference between 'soak' and 'steep' is in such a context?
    "Steep" is the standard word used with tea.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: steep

    I think "infuse" is also used with tea.
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    #8

    Re: steep

    ... also 'brew'.

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