great·​en | \ ˈgrā-tᵊn How to pronounce greaten (audio) \
greatened; greatening\ ˈgrā-​tᵊn-​iŋ How to pronounce greaten (audio) \

Definition of greaten

transitive verb

: to make greater

intransitive verb

: to become greater

Examples of greaten in a Sentence

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First Known Use of greaten

1614, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Greaten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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