thicken

verb
thick·​en | \ ˈthi-kən How to pronounce thicken (audio) \
thickened; thickening\ ˈthik-​niŋ How to pronounce thickening (audio) , ˈthi-​kə-​ \

Definition of thicken

intransitive verb

1a : 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

1a : 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

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Other Words from thicken

thickener \ ˈthik-​nər How to pronounce thickener (audio) , ˈthi-​kə-​ \ noun

Examples of thicken in a Sentence

I thickened the gravy with flour. When the mixture thickens, add the remaining ingredients. The fog thickened when night fell.
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Recent Examples on the Web

In a large bowl, beat heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until cream begins to thicken slightly. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Carrot Cookie Cake," 7 Mar. 2019 Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to thicken, about 4 to 5 minutes. Chelsea Zwieg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some fantastic pies to make for Pi Day - 3/14," 13 Mar. 2018 The broth in Green Soup is basically a potato soup, rich in onion and garlic, and pureed until it is thickened. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 Simmer until pan juices have thickened a bit, about 10 minutes. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Whether chorizo or brats, you can't mark Father's Day without sausage," 11 June 2019 Heat on medium-low, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until custard slightly thickens and coats the back of a spoon well. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Old-Fashioned Eggnog Your Grandma Would Be Proud Of," 18 Dec. 2018 Return to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly, 7 to 10 minutes (do not boil). Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "100+ Easy Dessert Recipes," 29 Nov. 2018 Add the chicken stock and sherry, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Savory Pumpkin Soup with Spice Shake," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of thicken

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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More Definitions for thicken

thicken

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thicken

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

thicken

verb
thick·​en | \ ˈthi-kən How to pronounce thicken (audio) \
thickened; thickening

Kids Definition of thicken

: to make or become thick Wait for the pudding to thicken.

Other Words from thicken

thickener noun

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