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Meaning of HEIGHTEN

Pronunciation:  'hItn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Potsmokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"
  2. [v]  increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension"
  3. [v]  make more acute; as of one's senses; "This drug will sharpen your vision"
  4. [v]  make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity; "heightened interest"
  5. [v]  become more extreme; "The tension heightened"
  6. [v]  increase the height of

HEIGHTEN is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: compound, deepen, intensify, rise
 See Also: amplify, bring up, elevate, enhance, fan, get up, heat up, heighten, hot up, increase, lift, potentiate, raise, raise, screw up, sharpen, subtilise, subtilize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Height"en\ (h[imac]t"'n), v. t. [Written also
{highten}.] [imp. & p. p. {Heightened}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.

2. To carry forward; to advance; to increase; to augment; to
   aggravate; to intensify; to render more conspicuous; --
   used of things, good or bad; as, to heighten beauty; to
   heighten a flavor or a tint. ``To heighten our
   confusion.'' --Addison.

         An aspect of mystery which was easily heightened to
         the miraculous.                       --Hawthorne.

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