deepen

deepen
deep|en [ `dipən ] verb
▸ 1 bad situation: get worse
▸ 2 feeling: get stronger
▸ 3 know/understand more
▸ 4 water: become deeper
▸ 5 color: become darker
▸ 6 sound: become lower
▸ 7 become more complex
1. ) intransitive if a bad situation deepens, it becomes worse:
The economic crisis has deepened.
a deepening conflict between the political rivals
2. ) intransitive or transitive if a feeling or relationship deepens, or something deepens it, it becomes stronger:
His anxiety deepened when he heard the news.
Both sides are now deepening their commitment to the peace process.
3. ) intransitive or transitive if someone's knowledge or understanding deepens, or something deepens it, they know or understand more:
I'm trying to deepen my understanding of local history.
4. ) intransitive or transitive if water deepens, or someone deepens it, it becomes deeper:
plans to deepen channels in the Port of New York
5. ) intransitive if a color deepens, it becomes darker:
As evening arrived, the shadows deepened.
6. ) intransitive or transitive if a sound deepens, or someone deepens it, it becomes lower:
The man suddenly deepened his voice.
7. ) intransitive or transitive if a mystery deepens, or something deepens it, it becomes more complicated and difficult to understand

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Deepen — Deep en, v. i. To become deeper; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead; the plot deepens. [1913 Webster] His blood red tresses deepening in the sun. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • deepen — c.1600, from DEEP (Cf. deep) (adj.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Deepened; deepening. The earlier verb had been simply deep, from O.E. diepan …   Etymology dictionary

  • deepen — ► VERB ▪ make or become deep or deeper …   English terms dictionary

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  • deepen — [[t]di͟ːpən[/t]] deepens, deepening, deepened 1) V ERG If a situation or emotion deepens or if something deepens it, it becomes stronger and more intense. If this is not stopped, the financial crisis will deepen... If anything, Sloan s uneasiness …   English dictionary

  • deepen — UK [ˈdiːpən] / US [ˈdɪpən] verb Word forms deepen : present tense I/you/we/they deepen he/she/it deepens present participle deepening past tense deepened past participle deepened 1) [intransitive] if a bad situation deepens, it becomes worse The… …   English dictionary

  • deepen — deep|en [ˈdi:pən] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(get worse)¦ 2¦(become stronger)¦ 3¦(expression on somebody s face)¦ 4¦(water)¦ 5¦(colour)¦ 6¦(sound)¦ 7¦(breath)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(GET WORSE)¦ if a serious situation deepens, it gets worse used especially in news… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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