thicken

To thicken is to become denser or to make something thicker. When you accidentally burn dinner, the smoke in the kitchen thickens. Time to get the fire extinguisher.

There are two ways to thicken: to become thick or to make thick. Cooks often use flour or cornstarch to thicken sauces. And when you add flour to your brownie batter, you thicken it. An earlier, now obsolete meaning was "to crowd together." The phrase "the plot thickens" means that a situation is becoming more and more complicated or interesting.

Definitions of thicken
  1. verb
    make thick or thicker
    Thicken the sauce”
    synonyms: inspissate
    inspissate
    become thick or thicker
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    Antonyms:
    thin
    make thin or thinner
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    make viscous or dense
    thicken the sauce by adding flour”
    synonyms: inspissate
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    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  3. verb
    become thick or thicker
    “The sauce thickened
    synonyms: inspissate
    inspissate
    make thick or thicker
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    Antonyms:
    thin
    lose thickness; become thin or thinner
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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