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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 ?
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.
That perils had thickened about him fast, and might thicken faster and faster yet, he of course knew now.
True, from the unmarred dead body of the whale, you may scrape off with your hand an infinitely thin, transparent substance, somewhat resembling the thinnest shreds of isinglass, only it is almost as flexible and soft as satin; that is, previous to being dried, when it not only contracts and thickens, but becomes rather hard and brittle.
It is not till "light thickens and the crow wings to the rocky wood" that she steals forth from her groves.
It takes two tablespoons of flour cooked in two tablespoons of fat to thicken each cup of liquid.
Moreover, the nodes of the stem branches, when stimulated by fragmentation, also thicken and form adventitious roots, thereby increasing the chances for vegetative propagation (Soares et al.
The amino acids in the formula help to thicken each strand of hair from the first wash.
Other ingredients commonly used to thicken soups and broths include egg, rice, lentils, flour, and grains; many popular soups also include carrots and potatoes.
This thickening agent, which helps thicken breast milk and formula for premature babies who have difficulty swallowing, has caused necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in at least 15 infants born before 37 weeks gestation, including two that died.
A number of products used in institutional settings to thicken liquids are available from several manufacturers.
Field Science--Does it thicken from the top or bottom?
If you are using a thickening powder, stir it into the water and leave it to thicken (read the instructions on it).