deep|en [ˈdi:pən] v
1¦(get worse)¦
2¦(become stronger)¦
3¦(expression on somebody's face)¦
1.) ¦(GET WORSE)¦
if a serious situation deepens, it gets worse - used especially in news reports
The recession continues to deepen.
a deepening international crisis
2.) ¦(BECOME STRONGER)¦ [I and T]
to become stronger or greater, or to make something stronger or greater
Jeanne liked Simon as a friend but she did not want the relationship to deepen.
The idea only deepened his gloom.
The mystery deepened (=became even more mysterious) .
Students explore new ideas as they deepen their understanding (=understand more) of the subject.
[i]literary if someone's smile or ↑frown deepens, they smile even more or frown even more
Her worried frown deepened.
4.) ¦(WATER)¦ [I and T]
if water deepens, or if someone deepens it, it becomes deeper
The river deepens beyond the town.
The harbour has been deepened to take bigger boats.
5.) ¦(COLOUR)¦
[i]literary if light or a colour deepens, it becomes darker
The twilight deepened.
6.) ¦(SOUND)¦ [I]
if a sound deepens, it becomes lower
His voice deepened as he relaxed.
7.) ¦(BREATH)¦ [I]
if your breathing deepens, you take more air into your lungs

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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