- to make or become thick or thicker.
- to make or grow more intense, profound, intricate, or complex: The plot thickens.
Origin of thicken
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Examples from the Web for thicken
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Curry sauces often include large amounts of cream, coconut milk, or ground cashews to thicken the sauce.9 Unhealthiest Takeout Foods
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We use them to thicken sauces and bind crisp batters to succulent, deep-fried treats.Cracking the Code on All Things Egg
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Thicken the gravy with a little flour, and flavour it with a glass of wine.
Thicken it with the pickled nasturtians and send it to table in a boat.
The odour of the victuals seemed to thicken into a kind of smoke.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Then remove it from the fire, beat in the yolks and stir until they thicken.
Thicken the soup with flour, using about one ounce to every pint of stock.
- to make or become thick or thickerthicken the soup by adding flour
- (intr) to become more involvedthe plot thickened
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Word Origin and History for thicken
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