Meaning of HEIGHTEN in English


— heightener , n.

/huyt"n/ , v.t.

1. to increase the height of; make higher.

2. to increase the degree or amount of; augment: Cézanne's death heightened the value of his paintings.

3. to strengthen, deepen, or intensify: to heighten the plot of a story; to heighten one's awareness or appreciation; to heighten one's suffering.

4. to bring out the important features of, as in a drawing: to heighten a picture with Chinese white.


5. to become higher.

6. to increase: The tension heightened as the enemy forces advanced.

7. to brighten or become more intense.

[ 1515-25; HEIGHT + -EN 1 ]

Syn. 1. See elevate .

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