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Definition of heighten verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

heighten

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhaɪtn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪtn//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heighten
BrE BrE//ˈhaɪtn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪtn//
 
he / she / it heightens
BrE BrE//ˈhaɪtnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪtnz//
 
past simple heightened
BrE BrE//ˈhaɪtnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪtnd//
 
past participle heightened
BrE BrE//ˈhaɪtnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪtnd//
 
-ing form heightening
BrE BrE//ˈhaɪtnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪtnɪŋ//
 
 
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if a feeling or an effect heightens, or something heightens it, it becomes stronger or increases synonym intensify 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.Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verbExtra examples This latest attack has greatly heightened fears of an all-out war. an exercise which seeks to heighten people’s awareness of the problems Tension heightened after the recent bomb attack. a heightened sense of loneliness/​well-being
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