1. reaching a higher intensity
; - Example: "their heightening fears"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Heighten \Height"en\ (h[imac]t"'n), v. t. [Written also
highten.] [imp. & p. p. Heightened; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To make high; to raise higher; to elevate.
2. 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. "To heighten our confusion."
An aspect of mystery which was easily heightened to
the miraculous. --Hawthorne.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: reaching a higher intensity; "their heightening fears"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
75 Moby Thesaurus words for "heightening":
accelerando, acceleration, aggrandizement, aggravation,
amplification, annoyance, augmentation, ballyhoo, beefing-up,
big talk, blowing up, blowup, burlesque, caricature, concentration,
condensation, consolidation, contentiousness, deepening,
deliberate aggravation, deterioration, dilatation, dilation,
embittering, embitterment, enhancement, enlargement, exacerbation,
exaggerating, exaggeration, exasperation, excess, exorbitance,
expansion, explosion, extravagance, extreme, grandiloquence,
heating-up, huckstering, hyperbole, hyperbolism, increase,
inflation, information explosion, inordinacy, intensification,
irritation, magnification, overemphasis, overestimation, overkill,
overstatement, pickup, population explosion, prodigality,
profuseness, provocation, puffery, puffing up, redoubling,
reinforcement, sensationalism, sharpening, souring, speedup,
step-up, strengthening, stretching, superlative, tall talk,
tightening, touting, travesty, worsening