heightened, past tense; heightens, 3rd person singular present; heightened, past participle; heightening, present participle;
Make (something) higher
Make or become more intense
the pleasure was heightened by the sense of guilt that accompanied it
concern over CFCs has heightened
the heightened color of her face
become more extreme; "The tension heightened"
enhance: increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension"
increase the height of; "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
sharpen: make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision"
intensify: make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"
heightening(a): reaching a higher intensity; "their heightening fears"
To make high; to raise higher; to elevate; To carry forward; to advance; to increase; to augment; to aggravate; to intensify; to render more conspicuous; -- used of things, good or bad; as, to heighten beauty; to heighten a flavor or a tint
(heightened) increased in intensity or concentration; elevated, stepped-up
The act of increasing the emotional level of a character or raising the stakes of a scene to make the potential consequences more extreme or dire.