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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of heighten.
  • adj. increased in intensity or concentration; elevated, stepped-up


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  • COOPER: Thelma, if tens of thousands of people are going through, what exactly are customs agents doing during this -- what they call the heightened alert?

    CNN Transcript Apr 27, 2009

  • COOPER: Thelma, with tens of thousands of people going through, what exactly are customs agents doing during this, what they call the heightened alert?

    CNN Transcript Apr 27, 2009

  • The constant trouble into which the narrator gets himself seems contrived, which isn't helped by the fact that the setting, against which this action ought to be heightened, is depicted cursorily at best.

    Genre Fiction

  • It can also be seen in heightened spending on solar, wind, hydrogen, ethanol and clean coal technologies, as well as on other energy-investment decisions.

    About: Blinded by Science

  • And as Krauss suggests, it's through such agency that teaching and learning occur in heightened form even as resistance, loss, regret, and sorrow would seem most capable of blocking them.

    Janet Byrne: Nicole Krauss's 'Great House' Reviewed

  • Fauvist color is often defined as "heightened"—concerned more with expressing the artist's emotional response to the subject in front of him than with replicating its appearance.

    A Modern Movement Unto Himself

  • If Israel is in heightened danger, it's because of the policies espoused by the likes of Liberman.

    Lieberman attacks Obama over foreign policy

  • In the midst of our waiting room muted conversation, suddenly I broke out in heightened laughter after I realized what she had said.

    Spanish speaking can be fun!

  • They do it because it results in heightened sexual pleasure.

    Kellie Telesford murder – “no evidence of kinky sex”

  • Romantic suspense has a massive following, both for the intensity of the stories and the disbelief suspending romanticism that finds women in heightened situations with mind-bogglingly handsome men who in turn rescue, reward and pleasure the oftentimes repressed, depressed and feminist heroines.

    September 2007


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