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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.