heighten

When you heighten something, you increase it or make it more intense. If you want to heighten awareness about homelessness, you might write an article for your local newspaper.

Extreme weather can act to heighten people's concern about climate change, and publicity for a good cause can heighten awareness of the ways college students can volunteer their time. A movie director might heighten the tension in a scene by using scary music and dramatic lighting. In all of these cases, something is intensified or increased. The oldest, fifteenth-century meaning of heighten, however, was "to exalt, honor, or raise to a high position."

Definitions of heighten
1

v make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity

heightened interest”
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v increase

heighten the tension”
Synonyms:
enhance, raise
Types:
potentiate
increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon)
Type of:
compound, deepen, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked

v become more extreme

“The tension heightened
Synonyms:
rise
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v increase the height of

“The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars”
Type of:
bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
raise from a lower to a higher position

v make more intense, stronger, or more marked

“Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness”
Synonyms:
compound, deepen, intensify
Types:
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heat up, hot up, screw up
make more intense
fan
make (an emotion) fiercer
enhance, raise
increase
amplify
increase the volume of
sharpen
make crisp or more crisp and precise
sharpen
make (one's senses) more acute
potentiate
increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon)
subtilise, subtilize
make (senses) more keen
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v make (one's senses) more acute

Synonyms:
sharpen
Types:
subtilise, subtilize
make (senses) more keen
Type of:
compound, deepen, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked

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