- 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 heightened
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The eyes, either closed in sleep or appearing to be, heightened the effect.Quaint Courtships
Your reputation, both for head and heart, as I hinted before, will be heightened.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
And then our enchantment is heightened by a prevailing duplication.
The cruel sensations of Imogen were not aggravated by despair, but heightened by hope.Imogen
With heightened colour she met Tony's grave, searching eyes.Jan and Her Job
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- to make or become high or higher
- to make or become more extreme or intense
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Word Origin and History for heightened
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