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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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The 12 essays in this volume consider performances that rely on competition and judgment, active spectatorship, embodied excess, and exposure of core values and hidden truths, often involving over-the-top heightening and skewing of presentation.
Khartoum, Dec.18(SUNA)-President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir has commended role of Holy Quran University in authentication of Islamic sciences and heightening values of religion in the community.
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 heightening of the dam was done with the aid from the UAE, and the project is planned to open next year.
Brain imaging has shown that when we hear an unpleasant noise the amygdala modulates the response of the auditory cortex, heightening activity and provoking our negative reaction.
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).