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Meaning & Definition of Heighten in English

English

Heighten

/haɪtən/

verb

1. Become more extreme

  • "The tension heightened"
    synonym:
  • heighten
  • ,
  • rise

2. Make more extreme

  • Raise in quantity, degree, or intensity
  • "Heightened interest"
    synonym:
  • heighten

3. Increase

  • "This will enhance your enjoyment"
  • "Heighten the tension"
    synonym:
  • enhance
  • ,
  • heighten
  • ,
  • raise

4. Increase the height of

  • "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
    synonym:
  • heighten

5. Make (one's senses) more acute

  • "This drug will sharpen your vision"
    synonym:
  • sharpen
  • ,
  • heighten

6. Make more intense, stronger, or more marked

  • "The efforts were intensified", "her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"
  • "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"
  • "This event only deepened my convictions"
    synonym:
  • intensify
  • ,
  • compound
  • ,
  • heighten
  • ,
  • deepen