Deep·en, v. i. To become deeper; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead; the plot deepens.
His blood-red tresses deepening in the sun. --Byron.
Deep·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deepened p. pr. & vb. n. Deepening.]
1. To make deep or deeper; to increase the depth of; to sink lower; as, to deepen a well or a channel.
It would . . . deepen the bed of the Tiber. --Addison.
2. To make darker or more intense; to darken; as, the event deepened the prevailing gloom.
You must deepen your colors. --Peacham.
3. To make more poignant or affecting; to increase in degree; as, to deepen grief or sorrow.
4. To make more grave or low in tone; as, to deepen the tones of an organ.
Deepens the murmur of the falling floods. --Pope.
v 1: 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, heighten]
2: become more intense; "The debate intensified"; "His dislike
for raw fish only deepened in Japan" [syn: intensify]
3: make deeper; "They deepened the lake so that bigger pleasure
boats could use it"
4: become deeper in tone; "His voice began to change when he
was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered
the password" [syn: change]