heighten

[hahyt-n]
verb (used with object)
1.
to increase the height of; make higher.
2.
to increase the degree or amount of; augment: Cézanne's death heightened the value of his paintings.
3.
to strengthen, deepen, or intensify: to heighten the plot of a story; to heighten one's awareness or appreciation; to heighten one's suffering.
4.
to bring out the important features of, as in a drawing: to heighten a picture with Chinese white.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become higher.
6.
to increase: The tension heightened as the enemy forces advanced.
7.
to brighten or become more intense.

Origin:
1515–25; height + -en1

heightener, noun
unheightened, adjective


1. See elevate.
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heighten (ˈhaɪtən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become high or higher
2.  to make or become more extreme or intense
 
'heightened
 
adj
 
'heightener
 
n

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Example sentences
Paint the ceiling a lighter color to bring the eye up and heighten the space.
Stormy seas heighten the effects of the currents, making the whirlpools even
  more spectacular.
So the team of scientists tested the snails to see if methamphetamines might
  heighten snail recall.
Another biggie is stress, which is known to take a toll on immune systems and
  heighten risk to various ailments.
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