American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make or become thick or thicker: Thicken the sauce with cornstarch. The crowd thickened near the doorway.
- v. To make or become more intense, intricate, or complex: The leader's departure thickens the problems. Our apprehension thickened.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become thick or thicker. To grow dense.
- To become deeper or heavier; gain bulk.
- Of a liquid, to approach more nearly a state of solidity; gain firmer consistency; also, to become turbid or cloudy.
- To become dark or obscure; specifically, of the weather, etc., to become misty or foggy.
- To grow more intense, profound, animated, intricate, etc.; become complicated.
- To gain in number or frequency; hence, to crowd; throng.
- To become indistinct.
- To make thick or thicker. To make dense, close, or compact; specifically, to full, as cloth.
- To increase in depth, or distance between opposite surfaces; hence, figuratively, to make stouter or more substantial; strengthen.
- Of liquids, to increase the consistency of; inspissate: as, to thicken gravy with flour; also, to render turbid or cloudy.
- To obscure with clouds or mist; befog.
- To make more numerous or frequent; redouble: as, to thicken blows.
- n. A spelling of thick 'un (which see, under thick, a.).
- v. transitive To make thicker (in the sense of wider).
- v. transitive To make thicker (in the sense of more viscous)
- v. intransitive To become thicker (in the sense of wider).
- v. intransitive To become thicker (in the sense of more viscous).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make thick (in any sense of the word).
- v. To render dense; to inspissate.
- v. To make close; to fill up interstices in.
- v. obsolete To strengthen; to confirm.
- v. To make more frequent.
- v. To become thick.
- v. make viscous or dense
- v. make thick or thicker
- v. become thick or thicker
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“The extra British troops will be deployed in early December to "thicken" the Helmand force, he announced, adding that by January they would take on a "partnering role" with the Afghan forces.”
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“Cook until syrup begins to thicken, approximately 10-15 minutes.”
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