deepen UK US /ˈdiːpən/ verb [I or T]
to increase or become more serious; to make something increase or become more serious: »

There are fears that the crisis in the Pacific region could deepen considerably.


Some experts say raising interest rates to fight inflation might deepen the economic slowdown.


To deepen its relationships with advertisers, the company has begun to offer corporate customers access to research about online consumers.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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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

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  • 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

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