Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
v. become more extreme; "The tension heightened" [syn: rise]
make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity; "heightened interest"
increase the height of; "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision" [syn: sharpen]
make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Potsmokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions" [syn: intensify, compound, deepen]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Heighten \Height"en\ (h[imac]t"'n), v. t. [Written also highten.] [imp. & p. p. Heightened; p. pr. & vb. n. Heightening.]
To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.
To carry forward; to advance; to increase; to augment; to aggravate; to intensify; to render more conspicuous; -- used of things, good or bad; as, to heighten beauty; to heighten a flavor or a tint. ``To heighten our confusion.''
An aspect of mystery which was easily heightened to the miraculous.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-15c., heightenen "to exalt, to honor or raise to high position," from height + -en (1). Related: Heightened; heightening.
vb. 1 To make high; to raise higher; to elevate. 2 To advance, increase, augment, make larger, more intense, stronger etc.
Usage examples of "heighten".
The difficulty of procuring provisions was extreme, and the means he was compelled to employ for that purpose greatly heightened the evil, at the same time insubordination and want of discipline prevailed to such an alarming degree that it would be as difficult as painful to depict the situation of our army at this period, Marmont, by his steady conduct, fortunately succeeded in correcting the disorders which prevailed, and very soon found himself at the head of a well-organised army, amounting to 30,000 infantry, with forty pieces of artillery, but he had only a very small body of cavalry, and those ill-mounted.
Emily Moseley had just completed her eighteenth year, and was gifted by nature with a vivacity and ardency of feeling that gave a heightened zest to the enjoyments of that happy age.
It has been found, for example, that when given in massive doses some of the vitamins -- nicotinic acid and ascorbic acid for example -- sometimes produce a certain heightening of psychic energy.
I had not entered into this heightened state, this battle awen, since Goddeu.
It came to me that I had not entered into this heightened state, this battle awen, since Goddeu.
The sensation is heightened as the tidings spread from mouth to mouth that the beadle is on the ground and has gone in.
He tried to cock his left fist, his ears roaring with the heightened pulse of the bloodsong Bogie sang.
Her sense of smell, so heightened now that it might have been a new sense altogether, had picked up the coolth of running water off this way, dimmed by the green odor of the grass.
To heighten the effect of my mystic exhortation I dosed him heavily with wine, and did not let him go till he had fallen into a drunken sleep.
The injured duelist never failed to heighten her color, particularly when she remembered how she had sat straddled across his legs in her chemise, all modesty cast to the four winds.
Liquor, fortunately, had an energizing effect on Janice, heightening her perceptions even as it dulled her senses and quieted her alarms.
With enormous, heightened strength, howling like a wild beast, Saigo hacked at the Captain who slipped on the polished floor and was, for an instant, helpless.
Her discourse had all the fire of eloquence, and was heightened by her expressive face and the flaming glances she shot from her eyes.
And even worse, there was no lessening of his sexual urge but a heightening, a greater obsession to pillow than before, one that had already driven him to the insanity of two nights ago with Angelique, not that he did not still desire her, he did, more than ever, and knew without a release he would try again and would not fail next time.
Their uneasiness was also not a little heightened by new broils between their king and the parliament of Paris, occasioned by the obstinacy of the clergy of that kingdom, who seemed determined to support the church, in all events, against the secular tribunals, and as much as possible to enforce the observance of the bull Unigenitus, which had long been the occasion of so many disputes among them.