heighten

From Wiktionary

Word parts[change]

height + -en

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA (key): /ˈhaɪ̯.tən/ or [ˈhaɪ̯tn̩] or [ˈhaɪ̯ʔn̩]
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Verb[change]

Plain form
heighten

Third-person singular
heightens

Past tense
heightened

Past participle
heightened

Present participle
heightening

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If a sense, awareness, or risk heightens, it increases or becomes stronger.
    The music heightened the tension in the film.
    Security was heightened before the meeting.
    Her heart beat faster as the drama heightened.

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