verb (steepened; steepening) Date: 1847 intransitive verb to become steeper transitive verb to make steeper

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  • Steepen — Steep en (st[=e]p n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Steepened} (st[=e]p nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Steepening}.] To become steep or steeper. [1913 Webster] As the way steepened . . . I could detect in the hollow of the hill some traces of the old path. H.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steepen — ► VERB ▪ become or cause to become steeper …   English terms dictionary

  • steepen — [stēp′ən] vt., vi. to make or become steep or steeper …   English World dictionary

  • steepen — UK [ˈstiːpən] / US [ˈstɪpən] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms steepen : present tense I/you/we/they steepen he/she/it steepens present participle steepening past tense steepened past participle steepened to become steeper, or to make… …   English dictionary

  • steepen — /stee peuhn/, v.t., v.i. to make or become steeper. [1840 50; STEEP1 + EN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • steepen — verb a) To make steeper. b) To become steeper …   Wiktionary

  • steepen — steep|en [ˈsti:pən] v [I and T] if a slope, road etc steepens, or if something steepens it, it becomes steeper …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • steepen — steep|en [ stipən ] verb intransitive or transitive to become steeper, or make something become steeper: The road steepens ahead …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • steepen — [[t]sti͟ːpən[/t]] steepens, steepening, steepened VERB If a slope or an angle steepens, it becomes steeper. [LITERARY] The road steepened and then levelled out suddenly …   English dictionary

  • steepen — steep·en || stɪːpÉ™n v. make steeper, cause to slope at a greater angle; become steeper, become sloped at a greater angle …   English contemporary dictionary

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