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
These deluxe ingredients heighten what’s already compelling: a chef fluent in the language of modern cooking who celebrates the family table.
Called Molly, the drug is a form of Ecstasy or MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine) and sought after for its ability to create euphoria and heightened sensations in users.
My concern seems silly in hindsight: throughout the record, both musicians exhibit heightened listening skills, varying their approaches track by track.
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.
Being separated physically and socially into red and blue, as described in Bill Bishop’s book The Big Sort, has widened our divides and heightened our hostility.
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Definition of heighten for English Language Learners
: to increase the amount, degree, or extent of (something)
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