thicken


thicken
[[t]θɪ̱kən[/t]]
thickens, thickening, thickened
1) V-ERG When you thicken a liquid or it thickens, it becomes stiffer and more solid.

[V n] Thicken the broth with the cornflour...

Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.

2) VERB If something thickens, it becomes more closely grouped together or more solid than it was before.

The crowds around him began to thicken...

As the ice sheet grows and thickens it chills the nearby air.

3) PHRASE: V inflects People sometimes say `the plot thickens' when a situation or series of events is getting more and more complicated and mysterious.

`Find anything?' he asked. `Yeah. The plot thickens,' I said.


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  • Thicken — Thick en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thickened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thickening}.] To make thick (in any sense of the word). Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) To render dense; to inspissate; as, to thicken paint. [1913 Webster] (b) To make close; to fill… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thicken — Thick en, v. i. To become thick. Thy luster thickens when he shines by. Shak. [1913 Webster] The press of people thickens to the court. Dryden. [1913 Webster] The combat thickens, like the storm that flies. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thicken — index crystallize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thicken — (v.) early 15c. (trans.), 1590s (intrans.), from THICK (Cf. thick) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Thickened; thickening. An earlier verb was O.E. þiccian …   Etymology dictionary

  • thicken — [v] set; make more dense add, buttress, cake, clabber, clot, coagulate, condense, congeal, curdle, deepen, enlarge, expand, freeze, gel, grow thick, harden, inspissate, jell, jelly, ossify, petrify, reinforce, solidify, stiffen, swell, widen;… …   New thesaurus

  • thicken — ► VERB ▪ make or become thick or thicker. ● the plot thickens Cf. ↑the plot thickens DERIVATIVES thickener noun …   English terms dictionary

  • thicken — [thik′ən] vt., vi. 1. to make or become thick or thicker, as in dimension, density, consistency, articulation, etc. 2. to make or become more complex or involved [the plot thickened] thickener n …   English World dictionary

  • thicken — thick|en [ˈθıkən] v [I and T] to become thick, or make something thick ▪ The fog was beginning to thicken. ▪ Thicken the soup by adding potatoes. thicken sth with sth ▪ a stew thickened with lentils and vegetables →the plot thickens at ↑plot1 (3) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thicken — verb (I, T) to become thick, or make something thick: The fog was beginning to thicken. | thicken sth: You can thicken a sauce by adding cornstarch. see also: the plot thickens plot 1 (3) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • thicken — UK [ˈθɪkən] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms thicken : present tense I/you/we/they thicken he/she/it thickens present participle thickening past tense thickened past participle thickened to become thick, or to make something become… …   English dictionary