steepen

verb
steep·en | \ˈstē-pən, -pᵊm\
steepened; steepening\ˈstē-pə-niŋ, ˈstēp-niŋ \

Definition of steepen 

transitive verb

: to make steeper

Examples of steepen in a Sentence

The path steepened as we approached the summit. A large glacier steepened the side of the mountain.

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For many students, repaying college loans is an uphill battle that continues to steepen. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Tips for Repaying Student Loans Ahead of Schedule," 6 May 2018 After months of steepening declines, the cartel said commercial inventory levels shrunk a further 17.4 million barrels in February, to about 2.85 billion barrels. Anant Vijay Kala, WSJ, "What Happened to the Oil Glut?," 12 Apr. 2018 Investors will be watching Friday’s June jobs report from the Labor Department for signs a tight labor market is producing wage inflation, which could push long-term yields higher and steepen the curve. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Behind the Flattening Yield Curve: Fed Rate Increases and Tariff Fights," 5 July 2018 The difference between the two-year Treasury yield and the 10-year Treasury yield, known on Wall Street as the 2-10 spread, settled Tuesday at 0.428 percentage point, its tightest since 2007, before steepening modestly Wednesday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Fed report shows business execs worry about Trump's trade moves," 19 Apr. 2018 The difference between the two-year Treasury yield and the 10-year Treasury yield, known on Wall Street as the 2-10 spread, settled Tuesday at 0.428 percentage point, its tightest since 2007, before steepening modestly Wednesday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Fed report shows business execs worry about Trump's trade moves," 19 Apr. 2018 In the most severe case, the banks were told to assume U.S. unemployment more than doubled to 10% while the yield curve in Treasuries dramatically steepened. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Big banks pass first part of U.S. stress tests," 21 June 2018 The difference between the two-year Treasury yield and the 10-year Treasury yield, known on Wall Street as the 2-10 spread, settled Tuesday at 0.428 percentage point, its tightest since 2007, before steepening modestly Wednesday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Fed report shows business execs worry about Trump's trade moves," 19 Apr. 2018 The difference between the two-year Treasury yield and the 10-year Treasury yield, known on Wall Street as the 2-10 spread, settled Tuesday at 0.428 percentage point, its tightest since 2007, before steepening modestly Wednesday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Fed report shows business execs worry about Trump's trade moves," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of steepen

1847, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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steepen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of steepen

: to become steep or steeper or to make (something) steep or steeper

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