Definition of heighten
heighteningplay \ˈhīt-niŋ, ˈhī-tən-iŋ\
2a : to raise high or higher : elevateb : to raise above the ordinary or trite
3 obsolete : elate
2a : to become great or greater in amount, degree, or extentb : to become brighter or more intense
Examples of heighten in a Sentence
The plan will only heighten tensions between the two groups.
This tragedy has heightened our awareness of the need for improved safety measures.
Tensions between the two groups have heightened.
Recent Examples of heighten from the Web
This year's NBA free agency is heightened due to the blockbuster deals that preceded it.
The emphasis on these videos is heightened for U.S. Open Cup play because those games could always end in a shootout.
The idea is very simple, but how to heighten the idea?
For Yoder, heightened security concerns have been a factor in his own reluctance to hold a town hall in his suburban Kansas City district.
In truth, the United States has already been making risky bets and forging fragile alliances that threaten only to heighten the complex conflicts underlying Syria’s war.
Cimber dreamed up their characters, heightened stereotypes all - housewives wielding brooms and plungers, New Orleans voodoo queens, slutty cheerleaders, sexpot Russian communists.
To Strauss, combining two events that are set to heighten New York’s nightlife was an obvious decision.
The jurors were deadlocked 3 to 3, a result partially attributed to the defense’s blame-the-cops strategy at a time when public scrutiny of officers has been heightened across the country.
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Definition of heighten for English Language Learners
: to increase the amount, degree, or extent of (something)
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