thicken

verb thick·en \ ˈthi-kən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of thicken

thickened; thickening play \ˈthik-niŋ, ˈthi-kə-\
intransitive verb
1 a :to become dense
  • the mist thickened
b :to become concentrated in numbers, mass, or frequency
2 :to grow blurred or obscure
3 :to grow broader or bulkier
4 :to grow complicated or keen
  • the plot thickens
transitive verb
1 a :to make thick, dense, or viscous in consistency
  • thicken gravy with flour
b :to make close or compact
2 :to increase the depth or diameter of
3 :to make inarticulate :blur
  • alcohol thickened his speech

thickener

play \ˈthik-nər, ˈthi-kə-\ noun

Examples of thicken in a Sentence

  1. I thickened the gravy with flour.

  2. When the mixture thickens, add the remaining ingredients.

  3. The fog thickened when night fell.

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First Known Use of thicken

14th century



THICKEN Defined for English Language Learners

thicken

verb

Definition of thicken for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) thick or thicker or to become thick or thicker


THICKEN Defined for Kids

thicken

verb thick·en \ ˈthi-kən \

Definition of thicken for Students

thickened; thickening
:to make or become thick
  • Wait for the pudding to thicken.

thickener

noun


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