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steepen

[stee-puh n] /ˈsti pən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become steeper.
Origin of steepen
1840-1850
1840-50; steep1 + -en1
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  • The grade has ever steepened, till now it is forty degrees or more.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • The slope had now steepened considerably, and further conversation died out in the effort of climbing.

    The Image and the Likeness John Scott Campbell
  • The side walls were steepened and precipitous cirques were formed at the valley heads.

  • 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

steepen

/ˈstiːpən/
verb
1.
to become or cause to become steep or steeper
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