steep·​en | \ ˈstē-pən How to pronounce steepen (audio) , -pᵊm \
steepened; steepening\ ˈstē-​pə-​niŋ How to pronounce steepening (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Corporate earnings forecasts from automakers and other manufacturers suggest the decline is likely to steepen. Time, "Japan Officially Slides Into Recession – and the Worst Is Yet to Come," 18 May 2020 However, this trend steepened in March, with coal sales falling 10% and imports falling 27.5%. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "India's carbon emissions drop for the first time in four decades," 12 May 2020 That steepened the bank’s path to an eventual recovery, said Mr. Schorr. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley’s Stock Hasn’t Kept Pace With Record Profits," 17 Jan. 2020 The Treasury yield curve steepened initially on the report that the administration is revisiting the idea of selling ultra long-term debt. Jennifer Jacobs,, "White House Mulls New 50-, 25-Year Bonds to Finance Stimulus," 10 May 2020 The grade steepens past the Jacob Crosscut Trail and craggy rock formations rise. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Dog-friendly hiking trails around Phoenix: 5 places to burn off some energy," 14 Apr. 2020 Two decades of steepening precarity and endless war and relentless grinding political failure created the conditions necessary for someone like Trump to get nominated and elected (and quite possibly re-elected). David Roth, The New Republic, "Trump Finds His Own Dumb Endless War," 16 Apr. 2020 Even here, however, sentiment is shifting, and that gradient of public tolerance is steepening. Washington Post, "The Hydrocarbon Era’s Spectacular End," 7 Aug. 2019 Longer-maturity Treasuries fell in Friday trading, steepening the yield curve. Saleha Mohsin,, "U.S. to Start Issuing 20-Year Bonds to Fund Rising Deficit," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of steepen

1847, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Steepen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steepen

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

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