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steepen

Line breaks: steep¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈstiːpən
 
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Definition of steepen in English:

verb

Become or cause to become steeper: [no object]: the snow improved as the slope steepened
More example sentences
  • Then below, beyond my feet, I saw the slope steepen, then disappear.
  • Technically, continental shelves are defined as the region of ocean floor between the coast and the shelf-break, where the seafloor steepens into the continental slope and plunges toward the abyssal depths.
  • As the slope steepens, warm, moist air overrunning the cold air is cut off and the precipitation coverage begins to rapidly decrease.

Words that rhyme with steepen

cheapen, deepen

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