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thick·en

 (thĭk′ən)
tr. & intr.v. thick·ened, thick·en·ing, thick·ens
1. To make or become thick or thicker: Thicken the sauce with cornstarch. The crowd thickened near the doorway.
2. To make or become more intense, intricate, or complex: The leader's departure thickens the problems. Our apprehension thickened.

thick′en·er n.

thicken

(ˈθɪkən)
vb
1. to make or become thick or thicker: thicken the soup by adding flour.
2. (intr) to become more involved: the plot thickened.
ˈthickener n

thick•en

(ˈθɪk ən)

v.t., v.i.
1. to make or become thick or thicker.
2. to make or grow more profound or intricate: The plot thickens in the next chapter.
[1375–1425; late Middle English thiknen < Old Norse thykkna. See thick, -en1]
thick′en•er, n.

thicken


Past participle: thickened
Gerund: thickening

Imperative
thicken
thicken
Present
I thicken
you thicken
he/she/it thickens
we thicken
you thicken
they thicken
Preterite
I thickened
you thickened
he/she/it thickened
we thickened
you thickened
they thickened
Present Continuous
I am thickening
you are thickening
he/she/it is thickening
we are thickening
you are thickening
they are thickening
Present Perfect
I have thickened
you have thickened
he/she/it has thickened
we have thickened
you have thickened
they have thickened
Past Continuous
I was thickening
you were thickening
he/she/it was thickening
we were thickening
you were thickening
they were thickening
Past Perfect
I had thickened
you had thickened
he/she/it had thickened
we had thickened
you had thickened
they had thickened
Future
I will thicken
you will thicken
he/she/it will thicken
we will thicken
you will thicken
they will thicken
Future Perfect
I will have thickened
you will have thickened
he/she/it will have thickened
we will have thickened
you will have thickened
they will have thickened
Future Continuous
I will be thickening
you will be thickening
he/she/it will be thickening
we will be thickening
you will be thickening
they will be thickening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been thickening
you have been thickening
he/she/it has been thickening
we have been thickening
you have been thickening
they have been thickening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been thickening
you will have been thickening
he/she/it will have been thickening
we will have been thickening
you will have been thickening
they will have been thickening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been thickening
you had been thickening
he/she/it had been thickening
we had been thickening
you had been thickening
they had been thickening
Conditional
I would thicken
you would thicken
he/she/it would thicken
we would thicken
you would thicken
they would thicken
Past Conditional
I would have thickened
you would have thickened
he/she/it would have thickened
we would have thickened
you would have thickened
they would have thickened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.thicken - make thick or thicker; "Thicken the sauce"; "inspissate the tar so that it becomes pitch"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
thicken, inspissate - become thick or thicker; "The sauce thickened"; "The egg yolk will inspissate"
thin - make thin or thinner; "Thin the solution"
2.thicken - become thick or thicker; "The sauce thickened"; "The egg yolk will inspissate"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
thicken, inspissate - make thick or thicker; "Thicken the sauce"; "inspissate the tar so that it becomes pitch"
thin - lose thickness; become thin or thinner
3.thicken - make viscous or dense; "thicken the sauce by adding flour"
change integrity - change in physical make-up

thicken

verb
1. set, condense, congeal, cake, gel, clot, jell, coagulate, inspissate (archaic) Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
set thin, weaken, dilute, water down
2. deepen, become more involved, become more complicated, become more mysterious 'Find anything?' he asked. 'Yeah. The plot thickens,' I said.

thicken

verb
To make thick or thicker, especially through evaporation or condensation:
Translations
يَتَكَثَّف، يَثْخَن
zhoustnout
blive tætterejævne
besûrít
òykkja; òykkna
zhustnúť
zgostiti
kalınlaş makkoyulaş mak

thicken

[ˈθɪkən]
B. VI
1. (Culin) [mixture, sauce] → espesarse
2. [darkness] → aumentar; [clouds, wood, jungle] → hacerse más denso
her voice thickened with emotionse le empañó la voz de emoción or por la emoción
the plot thickensla cosa se complica

thicken

[ˈθɪkən]
vi
[sauce, soup] → épaissir
[crowd] → s'épaissir, grossir
[fog, clouds, smoke] → s'épaissir
the plot thickens → ça se complique
vt [+ sauce, soup] → épaissir

thicken

vt sauce etceindicken
vi
(fog, hair, crowd, forest)dichter werden; (smoke, darkness)sich verdichten; (sauce, mixture)dick werden
(fig: plot, mystery) → immer verwickelter or undurchsichtiger werden; aha, the plot thickens!aha, jetzt wirds interessant!

thicken

[ˈθɪkn]
1. vt (gen) → ispessire; (sauce) → rendere più denso/a
2. vi (gen) → ispessirsi; (grow denser, forest, jungle) → infittirsi
the plot thickens (fig) → il mistero s'infittisce

thick

(θik) adjective
1. having a relatively large distance between opposite sides; not thin. a thick book; thick walls; thick glass.
2. having a certain distance between opposite sides. It's two inches thick; a two-inch-thick pane of glass.
3. (of liquids, mixtures etc) containing solid matter; not flowing (easily) when poured. thick soup.
4. made of many single units placed very close together; dense. a thick forest; thick hair.
5. difficult to see through. thick fog.
6. full of, covered with etc. The room was thick with dust; The air was thick with smoke.
7. stupid. Don't be so thick!
noun
the thickest, most crowded or active part. in the thick of the forest; in the thick of the fight.
ˈthickly adverb
ˈthickness noun
ˈthicken verb
to make or become thick or thicker. We'll add some flour to thicken the soup; The fog thickened and we could no longer see the road.
ˌthick-ˈskinned adjective
not easily hurt by criticism or insults. You won't upset her – she's very thick-skinned.
thick and fast
frequently and in large numbers. The bullets/insults were flying thick and fast.
through thick and thin
whatever happens; in spite of all difficulties. They were friends through thick and thin.

thicken

v. engrosar, espesar; condensar.
References in classic literature ?
That perils had thickened about him fast, and might thicken faster and faster yet, he of course knew now.
At length, after waiting a quarter of an hour and just as twilight was beginning to thicken, a carriage appeared, coming at a quick pace on the road of Sevres.
Really," said the major, "difficulties seem to thicken upon us; will she be wanted in any way?
This reasoning seemed to D'Artagnan so satisfactory that he no further insisted; and about eight o'clock in the evening, the time when the vapors of night begin to thicken in the streets, he left the Hotel de la Chevrette, and followed by Planchet set forth from the capital by way of the Saint Denis gate.
Again the withered hag poured forth the monotonous words of a prayer that was not meant to be acceptable in heaven; and soon, in the pauses of her breath, strange murmurings began to thicken, gradually increasing so as to drown and overpower the charm by which they grew.
The aged warrior stretched his body forward, leaning an elbow on his knee, and appeared to be taking a parting look at the objects of the vale, which were still visible through the misty atmosphere, though the air seemed to thicken at each moment around Miss Temple, who became conscious of an increased difficulty of respiration.
Traces still lingered on them of a fresh beauty like her daughter's; and he asked himself if May's face was doomed to thicken into the same middle-aged image of invincible innocence.
Onward they traveled, laughing and jesting, until they passed through the open country; between bare harvest fields whence the harvest had been gathered home; through scattered glades that began to thicken as they went farther along, till they came within the heavy shade of the forest itself.
The clock ticked through the minutes of a half-hour and the afternoon outside began to thicken and darken turbidly.
Where the trees thicken into a wood, the fragrance of the wet earth and rotting leaves kicked up by the horses' hoofs fills my soul with delight.
My aunt always does, and this fog may thicken up any moment.
At last, when the darkness and stillness had seemed for hours to thicken one another, she heard the bell at the gate.