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steepen

[stee-puh n] /ˈsti pən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become steeper.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; steep1 + -en1
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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

steepen

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