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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
1515-1525
1515-25; height + -en1
Related forms
heightener, noun
unheightened, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See elevate.
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  • Rock colors are heightened by contrast with winter snows, green summer foliage, deep blue fall skies.
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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