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English definition of “heighten”


verb [I or T]     /ˈhaɪ.tən/ US  /-t̬ən/
to increase or make something increase , especially an emotion or effect : The strong police presence only heightened the tension among the crowd .Increasing and intensifying
(Definition of heighten verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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