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[stee-puh n] /ˈsti pən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become steeper.
Origin of steepen
1840-50; steep1 + -en1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for steepen
  • Widespread reactions of this sort could steepen its dive.
  • Excision of pterygium will steepen the cornea and reduce corneal astigmatism.
  • For example, following channelization, a stream bed will typically steepen upstream and flatten downstream.
  • However, close proximity of the upper-level cold pool tends to steepen mid-level lapse rates, promoting embedded convection.
  • The proposed landform alteration would narrow and steepen the sides of the canyons.
  • The slopes steepen upward into cliffs on knobs with resistant caprocks.
  • Lineations and folds thus steepen toward this area while remaining coplanar within the regional foliation.
  • The slope tends to steepen downhill in the area under the proposed impoundment structure.
  • Rebounding wave energy appears to further steepen the beach profile as the waves reflect back into the offshore zone.
  • Cold air moving in at high levels will steepen the lapse rate and make the atmosphere more unstable.
British Dictionary definitions for steepen


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