- to increase the height of; make higher.
- to increase the degree or amount of; augment: Cézanne's death heightened the value of his paintings.
- to strengthen, deepen, or intensify: to heighten the plot of a story; to heighten one's awareness or appreciation; to heighten one's suffering.
- to bring out the important features of, as in a drawing: to heighten a picture with Chinese white.
- to become higher.
- to increase: The tension heightened as the enemy forces advanced.
- to brighten or become more intense.
Origin of heighten
1. See elevate.
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Examples from the Web for heighten
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“AIDS is effecting the world, so I wanted to heighten the awareness that we are all in the same boat,” Mooney said.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
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And the fact the line was moved from a scene in the middle of the film to one at the end only served to heighten its impact.What Was Bogey Thinking When He Said ‘Here’s Looking At You, Kid’?
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He has spoken about how he would listen to her to smooth over the rough days, or heighten his joy.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women
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Even poetry has been called into play to heighten the passions of the actors in this dangerous drama.Putin’s Men in Ukraine: We’re Not Giving In
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If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.The Lyric
The Gothinians, to heighten their disgrace, are forced to labour in the iron mines.Tacitus on Germany
It's an axiom, I think, that to heighten a nation's wisdom you must lower its franchise.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Possibly she was so choosy in order to heighten her importance.Greener Than You Think
Some old dyers use Brazil wood to heighten the red of madder.Vegetable Dyes
Ethel M. Mairet
- to make or become high or higher
- to make or become more extreme or intense
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Word Origin and History for heighten
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