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deepen

[dee-puh n] /ˈdi pən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become deep or deeper:
Larger ships will be able to navigate the river after the main channel is deepened. The shadows deepened toward late afternoon.
2.
Meteorology. to decrease in atmospheric pressure:
a deepening cyclone.
Origin of deepen
1595-1605
1595-1605; deep + -en1
Related forms
deepener, noun
deepeningly, adverb
overdeepen, verb (used with object)
undeepened, adjective
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  • Solitude we can deepen by a single volition, and by a single volition let in upon it the stir and noise of the world and life.

  • I could hear the fall and trickle of the rain, but it seemed only to deepen the silence.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • All along the stream are drawn grey lines of vapour that, in the far recesses of the valley, deepen to a shadowy gloom.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • The emotions of the heart begin to deepen as the affections cling to this treasure.

    Sanctification J. W. Byers
  • It is often sought to deepen our sense of this tragedy by speculating on what Shelley would have done if he had lived.

    Shelley Sydney Waterlow
British Dictionary definitions for deepen

deepen

/ˈdiːpən/
verb
1.
to make or become deep, deeper, or more intense
Derived Forms
deepener, noun
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Word Origin and History for deepen
v.

c.1600, from deep (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Deepened; deepening. The earlier verb had been simply deep, from Old English diepan.

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