verb height·en \ˈhī-tən\

: to increase the amount, degree, or extent of (something)

height·enedheight·en·ing \ˈhīt-niŋ, ˈhī-tən-iŋ\

Full Definition of HEIGHTEN

transitive verb
a :  to increase the amount or degree of :  augment
b :  to make brighter or more intense :  deepen
c :  to bring out more strongly :  point up
d :  to make more acute :  sharpen
a :  to raise high or higher :  elevate
b :  to raise above the ordinary or trite
obsolete :  elate
intransitive verb
archaic :  grow, rise
a :  to become great or greater in amount, degree, or extent
b :  to become brighter or more intense

Examples of HEIGHTEN

  1. The plan will only heighten tensions between the two groups.
  2. This tragedy has heightened our awareness of the need for improved safety measures.
  3. Tensions between the two groups have heightened.

First Known Use of HEIGHTEN

HEIGHTEN Defined for Kids


verb height·en \ˈhī-tən\

Definition of HEIGHTEN for Kids

:  to make greater :  increase <The film heightened their interest in Alaska.>


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