thicken
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈθɪkən/
Verb

thicken (thickens, present participle thickening; past and past participle thickened)

  1. (transitive) To make thicker (in the sense of wider).
  2. (transitive) To make thicker (in the sense of more viscous).
    to thicken a sauce
  3. (intransitive) To become thicker (in the sense of wider).
  4. (intransitive) To become thicker (in the sense of more viscous).
  5. (transitive) To strengthen; to confirm.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      This fell whore of thine, / Hath in her more deſtruction then thy Sword, / For all her Cherubin looke.
  6. (transitive) To make more frequent.
    to thicken blows
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  • French: s'épaissir, épaissir
  • Russian: утолща́ться
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