steepen

verb
steep·​en | \ ˈstē-pən How to pronounce steepen (audio) , -pᵊm \
steepened; steepening\ ˈstē-​pə-​niŋ How to pronounce steepen (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 The inflation data out Friday helped boost the yield on the 10-year Treasury and steepen the yield curve, helping the Financials sector lead the SPX higher. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The AFC East’s defensive-minded head coaches will steepen his learning curve. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2021 That reality will alter the basis of competition in every industry and steepen every commodity cost curve. Dickon Pinner, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2021 Corporate earnings forecasts from automakers and other manufacturers suggest the decline is likely to steepen. Time, 18 May 2020 However, this trend steepened in March, with coal sales falling 10% and imports falling 27.5%. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 12 May 2020 That steepened the bank’s path to an eventual recovery, said Mr. Schorr. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 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, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 The grade steepens past the Jacob Crosscut Trail and craggy rock formations rise. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of steepen

1847, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Steepen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steepen. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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