verb (heightened; heightening) Date: 1523 transitive verb 1. a. to increase the amount or degree of ; augment b. to make brighter or more intense ; deepen c. to bring out more strongly ; point up d. to make more acute ; sharpen 2. a. to raise high or higher ; elevate b. to raise above the ordinary or trite 3. obsolete elate intransitive verb 1. archaic grow, rise 2. a. to become great or greater in amount, degree, or extent b. to become brighter or more intense

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  • Heighten — Height en (h[imac]t n), v. t. [Written also {highten}.] [imp. & p. p. {Heightened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Heightening}.] 1. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry forward; to advance; to increase; to augment; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heighten — I (augment) verb add, advance, aggravate, ampliticare amplify, augere, build up, enhance, enlarge, exacerbate, exaggerare, expand, greaten, improve, increase, intensify, magnify, make higher, make larger, multiply, promote, raise, reinforce,… …   Law dictionary

  • heighten — mid 15c., heightenen “to exalt, to honor or raise to high position,” from HEIGHT (Cf. height) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Heightened; heightening …   Etymology dictionary

  • heighten — enhance, intensify, aggravate Analogous words: *exalt, magnify, aggrandize: elevate, *lift, raise: *improve, better Contrasted words: diminish, reduce, lessen, *decrease: *abase, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • heighten — [v] intensify add to, amplify, augment, boost, build up, elevate, enhance, enlarge, exalt, extend, improve, increase, lift, magnify, make higher, raise, send up, strengthen; concept 233 …   New thesaurus

  • heighten — ► VERB 1) make higher. 2) make or become more intense …   English terms dictionary

  • heighten — [hīt′ n] vt., vi. [< HEIGHT + EN] 1. to bring or come to a high or higher position; raise or rise 2. to make or become larger, greater, stronger, brighter, etc.; increase; intensify SYN. INTENSIFY heightener n …   English World dictionary

  • heighten — heightener, n. /huyt n/, v.t. 1. to increase the height of; make higher. 2. to increase the degree or amount of; augment: Cézanne s death heightened the value of his paintings. 3. to strengthen, deepen, or intensify: to heighten the plot of a… …   Universalium

  • heighten — verb (I, T) if something heightens a feeling, effect etc, or if a feeling etc heightens, it becomes stronger or increases; intensify: Lemon helps to heighten the flavour. | Berg uses music to heighten tension in the scene. | heighten awareness… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • heighten — verb ADVERB ▪ dramatically, greatly ▪ This latest attack has greatly heightened fears of an all out war. ▪ further VERB + HEIGHTEN ▪ serve to …   Collocations dictionary

  • heighten — height|en [ˈhaıtn] v [I and T] if something heightens a feeling, effect etc, or if a feeling etc heightens, it becomes stronger or increases = ↑intensify →↑strengthen ▪ There are fears that the march will heighten racial tension. ▪ Increased… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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