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Definition of "heighten" []

  • To raise or increase the quantity or degree of; intensify. (verb-transitive)
  • To make high or higher; raise. (verb-transitive)
  • To rise or increase in quantity or degree; intensify. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become high or higher; rise. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make or become high or higher (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make or become more extreme or intense (verb)

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Use "heighten" in a sentence
  • "Support for profiling might approach majority levels among both groups should an actual attack or close call heighten fears."
  • "I've been to Fort Benning for the SOA Watch protests and I am unsure how they could "heighten" the security."
  • "GROSS: Did coming of age artistically during the AIDS epidemic just kind of heighten your sense of mortality?"