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heighten

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verb height·en \ˈhī-tən\

Simple Definition of heighten

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

Full Definition of heighten

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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

  3. 2 a :  to raise high or higher :  elevate b :  to raise above the ordinary or trite

  4. 3 obsolete :  elate

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 archaic :  grow, rise

  7. 2 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.



1523

First Known Use of heighten

1523



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