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
The anxiety is heightened by questions that police have not answered publicly, including how some of the slayings were committed and whether there appears a common motive.
The memory of your best barbecue is heightened because your fingers are fragranced with mesquite smoke hours after the meal.
The smells of the hospital were added in 2015 to heighten the experience.
Security fears were heightened as Britain enjoys a holiday weekend with several high-profile music festivals and sporting events that draw large crowds.
Harry’s traumatic past persecution by his neighborhood hounds of hell unleashes a pack of pooch puns, and fur-ther heightens his resentment of crusading Annabel, who in turn snarls her contempt.
Several major arenas are heightening their security measures.
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Definition of heighten for English Language Learners
: to increase the amount, degree, or extent of (something)
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