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heighten

[hahyt-n] /ˈhaɪt 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 of heighten
1515-1525
1515-25; height + -en1
Related forms
heightener, noun
unheightened, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See elevate.
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  • There was a heightened colour in her cheek, and he at once guessed the truth.

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  • The eyes, either closed in sleep or appearing to be, heightened the effect.

  • The awful effect was heightened by the piercing shrieks of the women and the fierce yells of the warriors.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Your reputation, both for head and heart, as I hinted before, will be heightened.

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  • I saw every detail of what happened then, emphasized and heightened as though revealed through a slowmotion picture.

British Dictionary definitions for heightened

heighten

/ˈhaɪtən/
verb
1.
to make or become high or higher
2.
to make or become more extreme or intense
Derived Forms
heightened, adjective
heightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for heightened

heighten

v.

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

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