What does "steeped with" mean? I used this link: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/steep_2

From the start, workers receive indoctrination into the BMW Way. They are steeped with a sense of place, history, and mission. Individuals from all strata of the corporation work elbow-to-elbow, creating informal networks where they can hatch even the most unorthodox ideas for making better Bimmers or boosting profits. The average BMW buyer may not know it, but he is driving a machine born of thousands of important brainstorming sessions. BMW, in fact, may be the chattiest company ever”(Edmondson, 2006, p. 2. Copyright2006. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.).

Source: https://books.google.com.vn/books?id=iRArDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA259&lpg=PA259

  • From the page you linked “be steeped in something (formal) to have a lot of a particular quality a city steeped in history” It uses “in” instead of “ with” but it’s just slightly different wording.
    – ColleenV
    Apr 18, 2019 at 15:36
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Try checking various dictionaries, as the one you link seems somewhat limited. "Steep" is also a verb:

steep (v):
1. Soak (food or tea) in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavour or to soften it.
2. (usually steeped in) Surround or fill with a quality or influence.

Like the hot water around a tea bag, BMW workers become "flavored" with some influence that affects everything they do.

  • I would consider "steeped with" to be an error, just as I would "immersed with". Apr 18, 2019 at 16:10

The Oxford Dictionary has this definition (an extract):


2 (usually be steeped in) Surround or fill with a quality or influence.

A city steeped in history
Your cuisine is steeped in the traditions of your family and the region

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