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Dictionary definition for: Heighten

1. (v) become more extreme; "The tension heightened"

2. (v) make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity; "heightened interest"

3. (v) increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment" "heighten the tension"

4. (v) increase the height of; "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"

5. (v) make (one''s senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision"

6. (v) 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"

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