steepen

verb steep·en \ ˈstē-pən , -pᵊm \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of steepen

steepened; steepening play \ˈstē-pə-niŋ, ˈstēp-niŋ\
: to become steeper
: to make steeper

Examples of steepen in a Sentence

  1. The path steepened as we approached the summit.

  2. A large glacier steepened the side of the mountain.

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First Known Use of steepen

1847

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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


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