from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become thick or thicker: Thicken the sauce with cornstarch. The crowd thickened near the doorway.
  • transitive v. To make or become more intense, intricate, or complex: The leader's departure thickens the problems. Our apprehension thickened.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make thicker (in the sense of wider).
  • v. To make thicker (in the sense of more viscous)
  • v. To become thicker (in the sense of wider).
  • v. To become thicker (in the sense of more viscous).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become thick.
  • transitive v. To make thick (in any sense of the word).
  • transitive v. To render dense; to inspissate.
  • transitive v. To make close; to fill up interstices in.
  • transitive v. To strengthen; to confirm.
  • transitive v. To make more frequent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become thick or thicker.
  • 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 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.).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make viscous or dense
  • v. make thick or thicker
  • v. become thick or thicker


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