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HEIGHTEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heighten mean? 

HEIGHTEN (verb)
  The verb HEIGHTEN has 6 senses:

1. become more extreme
2. make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity
3. increase
4. increase the height of
5. make (one's senses) more acute
6. make more intense, stronger, or more marked

  Familiarity information: HEIGHTEN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEIGHTEN (verb)


Sense 1heighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become more extreme

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

heighten; rise

Context example:

The tension heightened

Hypernyms (to "heighten" is one way to...):

increase (make bigger or more)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2heighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

heightened interest

Hypernyms (to "heighten" is one way to...):

increase (make bigger or more)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3heighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Increase

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

enhance; heighten; raise

Context examples:

This will enhance your enjoyment / heighten the tension

Hypernyms (to "heighten" is one way to...):

compound; deepen; heighten; intensify (make more intense, stronger, or more marked)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "heighten"):

potentiate (increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4heighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Increase the height of

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars

Hypernyms (to "heighten" is one way to...):

bring up; elevate; get up; lift; raise (raise from a lower to a higher position)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5heighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (one's senses) more acute

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

heighten; sharpen

Context example:

This drug will sharpen your vision

Hypernyms (to "heighten" is one way to...):

compound; deepen; heighten; intensify (make more intense, stronger, or more marked)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "heighten"):

subtilise; subtilize (make (senses) more keen)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6heighten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more intense, stronger, or more marked

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

compound; deepen; intensify; heighten

Context examples:

The efforts were intensified / Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her / Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness / This event only deepened my convictions

Hypernyms (to "heighten" is one way to...):

increase (become bigger or greater in amount)

Cause:

deepen; intensify (become more intense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "heighten"):

heat up; hot up; screw up (make more intense)

fan (make (an emotion) fiercer)

enhance; heighten; raise (increase)

amplify (increase the volume of)

sharpen (make sharp or sharper)

heighten; sharpen (make (one's senses) more acute)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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