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English definition of “deepen”

deepen

verb uk   /ˈdiː.pən/ us  

deepen verb (DOWN)

[I or T] to make something deeper, or to become deeper: One way of preventing further flooding would be to deepen the river bed. The sea bed deepens here to 5,000 metres.Enlarging and inflatingBecoming bigger

deepen verb (STRONGLY FELT)

C2 [I or T] to become more strongly felt or experienced, or to make something this way: Over the years, her love for him deepened. The economic crisis is deepening. We must try not to deepen existing splits within the party.Becoming and making stronger

deepen verb (COMPLICATED)

C1 [I or T] to make something increase or become more serious: It certainly helped to deepen my understanding of the situation.Making things betterBecoming better

deepen verb (LOW)

[I] to become lower: Boys' voices deepen in their early to mid-teens.Describing qualities of sound

deepen verb (DARK)

[I] to become darker: The shadows deepened as the evening drew on.Darkness and becoming dark
(Definition of deepen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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