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From steep +‎ -en. Compare Old English stīepan (to steepen).

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steepen (third-person singular simple present steepens, present participle steepening, simple past and past participle steepened)

  1. (transitive) To make steeper.
  2. (intransitive) To become steeper.
    • H. Miller
      As the way steepened [] I could detect in the hollow of the hill some traces of the old path.

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