Height·en v. t. [Written also highten.] [imp. & p. p. Heightened p. pr. & vb. n. Heightening.]
1. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.
2. 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. --Hawthorne.
v 1: become more extreme; "The tension heightened" [syn: rise]
2: make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity;
3: increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the
tension" [syn: enhance, raise]
4: increase the height of; "The athletes kept jumping over the
steadily heightened bars"
5: make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your
vision" [syn: sharpen]
6: 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,