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.

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The yield on America’s current benchmark 30-year bond spiked to its highs of the day and the curve steepened following the Treasury announcement. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. contemplates 50- and 100-year bonds after yields plummet," 16 Aug. 2019 Begin a steepening ascent through pastures skirting the Bionnassay Glacier and rhododendron fields to Col du Tricot. National Geographic, "Tour du Mont Blanc," 17 June 2019 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,, "Big banks pass first part of U.S. stress tests," 21 June 2018 The implications of the steepening sea-level rise on high-tide flooding are already apparent on the ground. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Federal report: High-tide flooding could happen ‘every other day’ by late this century," 28 Mar. 2018 The mountain steepens dramatically, to more than 50 degrees; the face widens and grows enormous. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The Boy Who Lived on Edges," 22 Mar. 2018 And just to steepen the learning curve, Curry's second go-around for a bachelors in nursing was entirely online. Krista Soriano, Esquire, "Why I Left My Corporate Sales Job to Become a Nurse in My 40s," 26 Feb. 2018 This week's Treasury auctions have underwhelmed, raising the possibility that the debt selloff could steepen. Bloomberg News,, "US stocks hit 2-month low as Dow plunges 1,033 points on rate-hike worries," 8 Feb. 2018 The yield curve from 5 to 30 years bear steepened after touching 40 basis points, its flattest level in over a decade. Brian Chappatta,, "Bond-Market Pain Reaches 30-Year Treasuries as Yield Breaches 3%," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of steepen

1847, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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