1. make (one's senses) more acute

    Synonyms : sharpen
    Type Of : intensify, deepen, compound
  2. make more intense, stronger, or more marked

    Synonyms : compound, deepen, intensify
    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness
  3. become more extreme

    Synonyms : rise
    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • The tension heightened
  4. increase

    Synonyms : enhance, raise
    Type Of : intensify, deepen, compound
    Examples :
    • heighten the tension
  5. increase the height of

    Type Of : lift, elevate, bring up, raise, get up
    Examples :
    • The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars
  6. make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity

    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • heightened interest


  1. inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips)

    Synonyms : student lodging, youth hostel
    Type Of : housing, living accommodations, lodging
  2. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

    Synonyms : auberge, hostelry, inn, lodge
    Type Of : hotel


  1. pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs

    Synonyms : cephalalgia, head ache
    Type Of : ache, aching
  2. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

    Synonyms : concern, vexation, worry
    Type Of : negative stimulus


  1. slowly as if burdened by much weight

    Synonyms : heavily
    Examples :
    • time hung heavy on their hands
  2. lacking lightness or liveliness

    Synonyms : leaden
    Examples :
    • heavy humor
  3. slow and laborious because of weight

    Synonyms : lumbering, ponderous
    Examples :
    • the heavy tread of tired troops
  4. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

    Synonyms : grave, grievous, weighty
    Examples :
    • heavy matters of state
  5. requiring or showing effort

    Synonyms : labored, laboured
    Examples :
    • heavy breathing
  6. full of; bearing great weight

    Synonyms : weighed down
    Examples :
    • trees heavy with fruit
  7. prodigious

    Synonyms : big
    Examples :
    • heavy investor
  8. darkened by clouds

    Synonyms : lowering, sullen, threatening
    Examples :
    • a heavy sky
  9. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

    Synonyms : clayey, cloggy
    Examples :
    • the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated
  10. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    Synonyms : big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, large, with child
  11. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it

    Synonyms : fleshy, overweight
  12. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter

    Synonyms : dense, impenetrable
    Examples :
    • heavy fog
  13. full and loud and deep

    Synonyms : sonorous
    Examples :
    • heavy sounds
  14. (of sleep) deep and complete

    Synonyms : profound, sound, wakeless
    Examples :
    • a heavy sleep
  15. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    Synonyms : hard, intemperate
  16. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    Synonyms : arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome
    Examples :
    • heavy work
    • heavy going
  17. an actor who plays villainous roles

    Type Of : histrion, actor, player, thespian, role player
  18. a serious (or tragic) role in a play

    Type Of : theatrical role, part, persona, role, character
  19. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal

    Examples :
    • a heavy pudding
  20. large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work

    Examples :
    • a heavy truck
    • heavy machinery
  21. made of fabric having considerable thickness

    Examples :
    • a heavy coat
  22. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • a heavy heart
    • a heavy schedule
    • heavy news
    • a heavy silence
    • heavy eyelids
  23. (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain

    Examples :
    • Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'
  24. of comparatively great physical weight or density

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • a heavy load
    • lead is a heavy metal
    • heavy mahogany furniture
  25. of great intensity or power or force

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • a heavy blow
    • the fighting was heavy
    • heavy seas
  26. of relatively large extent and density

    Examples :
    • a heavy line
  27. (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • heavy hydrogen
    • heavy water
  28. sharply inclined

    Examples :
    • a heavy grade
  29. unusually great in degree or quantity or number

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • heavy taxes
    • a heavy fine
    • heavy casualties
    • heavy losses
    • heavy rain
    • heavy traffic
  30. of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • heavy artillery
    • heavy infantry
    • a heavy cruiser
    • heavy guns
    • heavy industry involves large-scale production of basic products (such as steel) used by other industries


  1. the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength

    Synonyms : chromaticity
    Type Of : color property
  2. suffuse with color

    Synonyms : imbue
    Type Of : colour in, colourise, colourize, color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour
  3. take on color or become colored

    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • In highlights it hued to a dull silver-grey


  1. characterizing the family Hominidae, which includes Homo sapiens as well as extinct species of manlike creatures

    Synonyms : hominian
  2. a primate of the family Hominidae

    Type Of : primate


  1. (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

    Synonyms : hiccough, singultus
    Type Of : reflex response, symptom, unconditioned reflex, reflex action, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, inborn reflex
    Examples :
    • how do you cure the hiccups?
  2. breathe spasmodically, and make a sound

    Synonyms : hiccough
    Type Of : breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath
    Examples :
    • When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water


  1. (used informally) very large

    Synonyms : banging, thumping, walloping, whopping


  1. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

    Synonyms : foreground, play up, spotlight
    Type Of : bring out, set off
    Examples :
    • The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics
  2. the most interesting or memorable part

    Synonyms : high spot
    Type Of : particular, item, detail
    Examples :
    • the highlight of the tour was our visit to the Vatican
  3. an area of lightness in a picture

    Synonyms : highlighting
    Type Of : lightness, light
  4. apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent

    Type Of : make up
    Examples :
    • highlight the area above your eyebrows


  1. loud confused noise from many sources

    Synonyms : brouhaha, katzenjammer, uproar
    Type Of : noise