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[stee-puh n] /ˈsti pən/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become steeper.
Origin of steepen
First recorded in 1840-50; steep1 + -en1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The grade has ever steepened, till now it is forty degrees or more.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • The side walls were steepened and precipitous cirques were formed at the valley heads.

  • The slope had now steepened considerably, and further conversation died out in the effort of climbing.

    The Image and the Likeness John Scott Campbell
  • If by chance the detritus accumulates rapidly, the slope is steepened and the work of the torrent made more efficient.

    Outlines of the Earth's History Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Meanwhile the sides of the valley head are steepened and driven back to precipitous walls.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for steepened


to become or cause to become steep or steeper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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