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thicken

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verb, thick·en \ˈthi-kən\

Simple Definition of thicken

  • : to make (something) thick or thicker or to become thick or thicker

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of thicken

thickenedthickening play \ˈthik-niŋ, ˈthi-kə-\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to become dense <the mist thickened>b :  to become concentrated in numbers, mass, or frequency

  3. 2 :  to grow blurred or obscure

  4. 3 :  to grow broader or bulkier

  5. 4 :  to grow complicated or keen <the plot thickens>

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1a :  to make thick, dense, or viscous in consistency <thicken gravy with flour>b :  to make close or compact

  8. 2 :  to increase the depth or diameter of

  9. 3 :  to make inarticulate :  blur <alcohol thickened his speech>

thickener play \ˈthik-nər, ˈthi-kə-\ noun

Examples of thicken in a sentence

  1. I thickened the gravy with flour.

  2. When the mixture thickens, add the remaining ingredients.

  3. The fog thickened when night fell.



14th Century

First Known Use of thicken

14th century

Rhymes with thicken



THICKEN Defined for Kids

thicken

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verb thick·en \ˈthi-kən\

Definition of thicken for Students

thickenedthickening

  1. :  to make or become thick <Wait for the pudding to thicken.>

thickener noun




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