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English verb: deepen

1. deepen (change) make more intense, stronger, or more marked

SamplesThe efforts were intensified.
Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her.
Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness.
This event only deepened my convictions.

Synonymscompound, heighten, intensify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)amplify, enhance, fan, heat up, heighten, heighten, hot up, raise, screw up, sharpen, sharpen

Causedeepen, intensify

2. deepen (change) become more intense

SamplesThe debate intensified.
His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)accelerate, break open, build, burst out, condense, erupt, flare, flare up, irrupt, quicken, redouble, sharpen, speed, speed up

3. deepen (change) make deeper

SamplesThey deepened the lake so that bigger pleasure boats could use it.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enlarge

4. deepen (change) become deeper in tone

SamplesHis voice began to change when he was 12 years old.
Her voice deepened when she whispered the password.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

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