Definition of Heighten

1. Verb. Become more extreme. "The tension heightened"

Exact synonyms: Rise
Generic synonyms: Increase
Derivative terms: Rise



2. Verb. Make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity. "Heightened interest"
Generic synonyms: Increase

3. Verb. Increase. "Heighten the tension"
Exact synonyms: Enhance, Raise
Generic synonyms: Compound, Deepen, Intensify
Specialized synonyms: Potentiate
Derivative terms: Enhancive

4. Verb. Increase the height of. "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
Generic synonyms: Bring Up, Elevate, Get Up, Lift, Raise

5. Verb. Make (one's senses) more acute. "This drug will sharpen your vision"
Exact synonyms: Sharpen
Generic synonyms: Compound, Deepen, Intensify
Specialized synonyms: Subtilise, Subtilize

6. Verb. Make more intense, stronger, or more marked. "This event only deepened my convictions"
Exact synonyms: Compound, Deepen, Intensify
Generic synonyms: Increase
Causes: Deepen, Intensify
Specialized synonyms: Heat Up, Hot Up, Screw Up, Fan, Enhance, Raise, Amplify, Sharpen, Sharpen
Derivative terms: Intensification, Intensifier, Intensity

Definition of Heighten

1. v. t. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.

Definition of Heighten

1. Verb. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate. ¹

2. Verb. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Heighten

1. to raise [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: raise

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Literary usage of Heighten

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1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"Purity and virtue heighten all the powers of fruition. ... heighten and aggravate have connection with each other only in application to offences : the ..."

2. Composition, Oral and Written by Charles Sears Baldwin (1909)
"Imitation to heighten Appreciation. — Another way of applying composition to further the study of literature is imitation. Instead of explaining our ..."

3. Composition, Oral and Written by Charles Sears Baldwin (1909)
"Imitation to heighten Appreciation. — Another way of applying composition to further the study of literature is imitation. Instead of explaining our ..."

4. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"Function of the receptor to lower for its reflex-arc the threshold value of one kind of stimulus and to heighten the threshold value of all other kinds of ..."

5. The Mirror (1803)
"... which seems to have escaped him, drawn from the effect of the opposition above-mentioned, to heighten our passion for a particular object. ..."

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