• WordNet 3.6
    • v heighten make more intense, stronger, or more marked "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her","Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness","This event only deepened my convictions"
    • v heighten increase "This will enhance your enjoyment","heighten the tension"
    • v heighten make (one's senses) more acute "This drug will sharpen your vision"
    • v heighten make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity "heightened interest"
    • v heighten become more extreme "The tension heightened"
    • v heighten increase the height of "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a women is pregnant, her senses are all heightened
    • Heighten 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."
    • Heighten To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heighten To make higher; increase the vertical elevation of.
    • heighten To make higher in amount or degree; increase; augment; intensify: as, to heighten an effect.
    • heighten To make high or higher in feeling or condition; elevate or exalt, as the mind or a person.
    • heighten Synonyms Lift, Exalt, etc. See raise.
    • heighten To become higher; increase; augment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Heighten to make higher, to advance or improve: to make brighter or more prominent
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  • Hannah More
    “How goodness heightens beauty!”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.”
  • Lord Byron
    “This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of highth—A.S. híehtho, héahthuhéah, high.


In literature:

This was one of those occasions in which the difficulties you encounter heighten the glory of success.
"The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete" by Anthony Hamilton
If the exposure of his hands had struck this fresh note, then any added action would but heighten the dilemma.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
Breathing rapidly and with a heightened color, Melissa at last entered the room of Seleukus's wife.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
The surprise and bewilderment which the countess's answer had aroused in Eva heightened the spell of her beauty.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
She did it with a pleased alacrity and a heightened enthusiasm.
"A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Laura was very pale, but this pallor heightened the lustre of her large eyes and gave a touching sadness to her expressive face.
"The Gilded Age, Part 6." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
He thought of a way to heighten that suspicion.
"Helping Himself" by Horatio Alger
She has a dark complexion naturally, and this effect is heightened by artificial aids which cost her nothing.
"Sketches New and Old, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Her eyes were glistening, and her face had a heightened colour.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
His manner heightened the feeling.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse

In poetry:

Now that which sweet'neth all will be
The lasting of this state;
This heightens all we hear or see
To a transcendant rate.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
One careless arm around the boy was flung,
Not undeserving of that free caress;
But warm and true, and of a heart and tongue,
To heighten bliss, or mitigate distress.
"Sardius In His Pavilion With Altheetor" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Nor such her hair as deck'd the living face,
Nor such her voice as charm'd the listening crowd;
Nor such her dress as heighten'd every grace;
Alas! all vanish'd for the mournful shroud!
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
Where is the Wit that heighten'd Beauty's Charms?
Where is the Face that fed my longing Eyes?
Where is the Shape that might have blest my Arms?
Where all those Hopes relentless Fate denies?
"Elegy IX: He has lost Delia" by James Hammond
Whispered thee, come higher, where perennial bloom
Shall with heightened luster its wonted sway resume.
"Come where peaceful rivers quietly do flow—
Hasten mother, hasten, from that world of woe."
"Death Of A Grandparent Mrs. Jennette Bonneau" by Mary Weston Fordham
Their hulls were heightened, their sails spread out,
they grew with the growth of their quest; They opened the secret doors of the East,
and the golden gates of the West; And many a city of high renown
was proud of a ship on its crest.
"The Glory of Ships" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Death of Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari heightens Mideast tensions.
Although both injuries – the only significant ones he has sustained this season – came on plays where Griffin was on the run, he doesn't believe he faces heightened chances of injury because of his mobility.
NSC was recently included in a Safety & Security insert in USA Today describing three peaks of heightened risk in a person's life - driving as a teen, unintentional drug overdose in middle age and falls as an older adult.
Leading Insulin Doesn't Heighten Cancer Risk, Studies Find.
Lahore on Edge as Insurgency Heightens Attacks.
Wright's big game heightens intrigue .
Bloomberg signals heightened involvement in national politics with 2012 spending.
In fact, to heighten that reliability, the latest and greatest components have often been kept out of Latitudes until all the kinks were worked out.
Cloud-based software delivery methods enable insurers to quickly respond to new windows of opportunity, niche markets, and achieve heightened levels of customer service.
Promising offseason heightens expectations for center.
Migration to US coast heightens impact of storms.
A team of paleontologists from San Antonio, Austin and Pittsburgh think that the earliest mammals grew larger, more complex brains in order to accommodate a heightened sense of smell.
"The last five years have seen unprecedented changes in media consumption, technology deployment in and out of stores, heightened quality of customer data and the emergence of new merchandise business models," he said.
Heightened Alarm Over Low River.
Misunderstanding spurs heightened security at Indian River Medical Center for hour.

In science:

Reluctance may be partially attributable to a heightened awareness of privacy when divulging personal information.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
There has been a heightened interest in K3 surfaces recently because of advances in string theory.
Automorphisms and autoequivalences of generic analytic K3 surfaces
This heightened sensitivity lasts over a characteristic scale determined by the coefficient α governing the memory of the adaptation process (eq. 7).
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
On Earth, a confluence of technical progress and broadening context has both created opportunities and heightened motivation to mount a systematic attack on the problem of stellar magnetic activity.
Temporal Variability of Stars and Stellar Systems
The rapidly increasing number of applications has heightened interest in more compact comb generators.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip