Definition of Deepen

1. Verb. Make more intense, stronger, or more marked. "This event only deepened my convictions"

Exact synonyms: Compound, Heighten, Intensify
Generic synonyms: Increase
Causes: Intensify
Specialized synonyms: Heat Up, Hot Up, Screw Up, Fan, Enhance, Heighten, Raise, Amplify, Sharpen, Heighten, Sharpen
Derivative terms: Intensification, Intensifier, Intensity

2. Verb. Become more intense. "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan"
Exact synonyms: Intensify
Generic synonyms: Increase
Specialized synonyms: Build, Redouble, Break Open, Burst Out, Erupt, Flare, Flare Up, Irrupt, Condense, Sharpen, Accelerate, Quicken, Speed, Speed Up
Derivative terms: Intensification, Intensity

3. Verb. Make deeper. "They deepened the lake so that bigger pleasure boats could use it"
Generic synonyms: Enlarge
Derivative terms: Deepening

4. Verb. Become deeper in tone. "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"
Exact synonyms: Change
Generic synonyms: Change

Definition of Deepen

1. v. t. To make deep or deeper; to increase the depth of; to sink lower; as, to deepen a well or a channel.

2. v. i. To become deeper; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead; the plot deepens.

Definition of Deepen

1. Verb. To make deep or deeper ¹

2. Verb. To make darker or more intense; to darken ¹

3. Verb. To make more poignant or affecting; to increase in degree ¹

4. Verb. To make lower in tone ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To become deeper ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To become darker or more intense ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To become lower in tone ¹

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Definition of Deepen

1. to make deep [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: deep

Medical Definition of Deepen

1. To become deeper; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead; the plot deepens. "His blood-red tresses deepening in the sun." (Byron) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Deepen

deep temporal veins
deep thinker
deep transitional gyrus
deep transverse metacarpal ligament
deep transverse metatarsal ligament
deep vein thrombosis
deep venous thrombosis
deep water
deep waters
deep white layer of superior colliculus
deepen (current term)

Literary usage of Deepen

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Coast Pilot: Containing the Courses and Distances Between the by Edmund March Blunt (1822)
"... till you come near the main channel, when you will deepen into 5 fathoms, which is a swash that runs up to the eastward of the Cross ledge ; still keep ..."

2. Technology Review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Association of Class Secretaries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association (1901)
"to deepen that a undue of the value of disregard for the to less regard for expect toward their eiders Ffce ..."

3. Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12 by Kelly Gallagher (2004)
"Using Metaphor to deepen Comprehension The activity Students are asked to create a metaphor to describe the boys' love for Miss Brown. ..."

4. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1893)
"... and from those deepen? eight of the nine meetings in 1584, and the nine in 1585, for which there is a record of attendance —in 1585 John Shakespeare was ..."

5. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1899)
"A proposal to widen and deepen the canal in order to attract the profitable steamer traffic is under consideration. The Session of the Reichstag. ..."

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