AskDefine | Define heighten

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1 become more extreme; "The tension heightened" [syn: rise]
2 make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity; "heightened interest"
3 increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension" [syn: enhance, raise]
4 increase the height of; "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
5 make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision" [syn: sharpen]
6 make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Potsmokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions" [syn: intensify, compound, deepen]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.
  2. To carry forward; to advance; to increase; to augment; to aggravate; to intensify; to render more conspicuous; -- used of things, good or bad; as, to heighten beauty; to heighten a flavor or a tint.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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