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heighten

height·en

heighten

 
 
pronunciation:
haI tn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: heightened, heightening, heightens
definition 1: to make higher.
antonyms:
lower
similar words:
rise
definition 2: to make more intense or increase the degree or amount of.
Rather than lessening his anxiety, the drug actually heightened it.Being able to help other people heightened his pleasure in life.
antonyms:
dampen, reduce
similar words:
elevate, exasperate, intensify, strengthen, thicken
definition 3: to cause the patterns or features of (something) to become clearer, as in a visual image such as a photograph.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become higher.
similar words:
rise, thicken
definition 2: to become more intense or greater in degree.
similar words:
intensify, rise
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