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. verb
    make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity
    heightened interest”
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    type of:
    increase
    make bigger or more
  2. verb
    increase
    heighten the tension”
    synonyms: enhance, raise
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    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
  3. verb
    become more extreme
    “The tension heightened
    synonyms: rise
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    type of:
    increase
    make bigger or more
  4. verb
    increase the height of
    “The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars”
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    type of:
    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  5. verb
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
    synonyms: compound, deepen, intensify
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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
  6. verb
    make (one's senses) more acute
    synonyms: sharpen
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    types:
    subtilise, subtilize
    make (senses) more keen
    type of:
    compound, deepen, intensify
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
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