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heighten

height·en

heighten

 
pronunciation:
haI tn
part of speech: verb
inflections: heightened, heightening, heightens
definition 1: to make higher.
I heightened the basketball hoop by raising the pole.
antonyms:
lower
definition 2: to make stronger or more intense; add to.
A drum roll heightened the excitement as we waited for the acrobats to do their most daring trick.
antonyms:
dampen, reduce
similar words:
intensify, strengthen
definition 3: to become stronger or greater in degree.
The more he thought about how unfair his parents had been, the more his anger heightened.
similar words:
intensify, rise