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[hahyt-n] /ˈhaɪt n/
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)
to become higher.
to increase:
The tension heightened as the enemy forces advanced.
to brighten or become more intense.
Origin of heighten
1515-25; height + -en1
Related forms
heightener, noun
unheightened, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See elevate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heightened
  • As the value of the property heightened, taxes increased, forcing many to leave the area.
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  • It was not an unpleasant thing for her at all and in fact she came away with a heightened respect for the principle of the school.
  • The barriers between faculty and administrators can be heightened when there is collective bargaining.
  • The first factor is the expectancy of danger which expresses itself in heightened sensory attention and in motor tension.
  • Loud noises from fireworks can be frightening to anyone, but especially our pets with a heightened senses of hearing.
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  • Deaf people with enhanced vision can thank otherwise idle brain cells for their heightened sense, a new study in cats suggests.
  • Rock colors are heightened by contrast with winter snows, green summer foliage, deep blue fall skies.
British Dictionary definitions for heightened


to make or become high or higher
to make or become more extreme or intense
Derived Forms
heightened, adjective
heightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for heightened



mid-15c., heightenen "to exalt, to honor or raise to high position," from height + -en (1). Related: Heightened; heightening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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