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

transitive verb

: to make greater

intransitive verb

: to become greater

Examples of greaten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Alabama went into the half leading 10-7 and later greatened its lead behind the punt block and the fumble recovery. Matt Zenitz,, 3 Sep. 2017 One month into re-greatened America, liberal timelines are clogged with wish fulfillment. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, 22 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of greaten was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Greaten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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