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Definition of heighten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heighten
    he / she / it heightens
    past simple heightened
    -ing form heightening
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  1. 1if a feeling or an effect heightens, or something heightens it, it becomes stronger or increases synonym intensify
  2. 2 Tension has heightened after the recent bomb attack. heighten something The campaign is intended to heighten public awareness of the disease. His breakdown was followed by a period of heightened activity. Fears of further racial conflict were heightened by news of the riots. The drug is said to give users a heightened sense of well-being.
  3. Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verb
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