heighten

verb height·en \ ˈhī-tᵊn \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of heighten

heightened; heightening play \ˈhīt-niŋ, ˈhī-tᵊn-iŋ\
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
2 a : to raise high or higher : elevate
b : to raise above the ordinary or trite
3 obsolete : elate
1 archaic : grow, rise
2 a : to become great or greater in amount, degree, or extent
b : to become brighter or more intense

Examples of heighten in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of heighten

1523

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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HEIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of heighten for English Language Learners

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


HEIGHTEN Defined for Kids

heighten

verb height·en \ ˈhī-tᵊn \

Definition of heighten for Students

heightened; heightening
: to make greater : increase
  • The film heightened their interest in Alaska.


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