heightens, heightening, heightened
If something heightens a feeling or if the feeling heightens, the feeling increases in degree or intensity.

[V n] The move has heightened tension in the state...

[V n] These latest murders have heightened fears of further attacks...

Cross's interest heightened.

[V-ed] ...a heightened awareness of the dangers that they now face.


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  • Heighten — Height en (h[imac]t n), v. t. [Written also {highten}.] [imp. & p. p. {Heightened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Heightening}.] 1. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry forward; to advance; to increase; to augment; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heighten — I (augment) verb add, advance, aggravate, ampliticare amplify, augere, build up, enhance, enlarge, exacerbate, exaggerare, expand, greaten, improve, increase, intensify, magnify, make higher, make larger, multiply, promote, raise, reinforce,… …   Law dictionary

  • heighten — mid 15c., heightenen “to exalt, to honor or raise to high position,” from HEIGHT (Cf. height) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Heightened; heightening …   Etymology dictionary

  • heighten — enhance, intensify, aggravate Analogous words: *exalt, magnify, aggrandize: elevate, *lift, raise: *improve, better Contrasted words: diminish, reduce, lessen, *decrease: *abase, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • heighten — [v] intensify add to, amplify, augment, boost, build up, elevate, enhance, enlarge, exalt, extend, improve, increase, lift, magnify, make higher, raise, send up, strengthen; concept 233 …   New thesaurus

  • heighten — ► VERB 1) make higher. 2) make or become more intense …   English terms dictionary

  • heighten — [hīt′ n] vt., vi. [< HEIGHT + EN] 1. to bring or come to a high or higher position; raise or rise 2. to make or become larger, greater, stronger, brighter, etc.; increase; intensify SYN. INTENSIFY heightener n …   English World dictionary

  • heighten — heightener, n. /huyt n/, v.t. 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… …   Universalium

  • heighten — verb (I, T) if something heightens a feeling, effect etc, or if a feeling etc heightens, it becomes stronger or increases; intensify: Lemon helps to heighten the flavour. | Berg uses music to heighten tension in the scene. | heighten awareness… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • heighten — verb ADVERB ▪ dramatically, greatly ▪ This latest attack has greatly heightened fears of an all out war. ▪ further VERB + HEIGHTEN ▪ serve to …   Collocations dictionary

  • heighten — height|en [ˈhaıtn] v [I and T] if something heightens a feeling, effect etc, or if a feeling etc heightens, it becomes stronger or increases = ↑intensify →↑strengthen ▪ There are fears that the march will heighten racial tension. ▪ Increased… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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