Meaning of heighten

height•en

Pronunciation: (hīt'n), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to increase the height of; make higher.
  2. to increase the degree or amount of; augment: Cézanne's death heightened the value of his paintings.
  3. to strengthen, deepen, or intensify: to heighten the plot of a story; to heighten one's awareness or appreciation; to heighten one's suffering.
  4. to bring out the important features of, as in a drawing:Chinese white. to heighten a picture with
—v.i.
  1. to become higher.
  2. to increase: The tension heightened as the enemy forces advanced.
  3. to brighten or become more intense.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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