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v. height·ened, height·en·ing, height·ens
1. To raise or increase the quantity or degree of; intensify.
2. To make high or higher; raise.
1. To rise or increase in quantity or degree; intensify.
2. To become high or higher; rise.

height′en·er n.
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Adj.1.heightening - reaching a higher intensity; "their heightening fears"
intensifying - increasing in strength or intensity
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Kalmar will be responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of the heightening as well as commissioning of the project.
The Sudanese leader handed the award to Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) Abdulwahab Al-Bader while launching Rosaries Dam heightening project.
The Kuwaiti fund will provide a loan of 52 million USD to finance the implementation of the heightening project.
I think China should think more seriously about allowing journalists and diplomats in the area in the sense of heightening transparency,'' the top Japanese government spokesman told a press conference.
His relatively brief remarks on the postwar years highlight the race riots of 1919, the concomitant heightening of racial exclusiveness, and the increased power of machine politicians in Chicago, communist dictatorship in what became the capital of the newly formed Soviet Union, and the "rice riots" of 1918 in Osaka (which helped to set the stage for a later turn to authoritarian expansionism in Japan as a whole).
So while job loss fears probably contributed to wage and price suppression through 1996, it does not appear that a further heightening of worker insecurity about employment prospects can explain the more recent improved behavior of inflation.