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heighten

[ hahyt-n ]
/ ˈhaɪt n /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of heighten

First recorded in 1515–25; height + -en1

synonym study for heighten

1. See elevate.

OTHER WORDS FROM heighten

height·en·er, nounun·height·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heighten

heighten
/ (ˈhaɪtən) /

verb
to make or become high or higher
to make or become more extreme or intense

Derived forms of heighten

heightened, adjectiveheightener, noun
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