verb rough·en \ˈrə-fən\

: to become rough or cause (something) to become rough

rough·enedrough·en·ing \ˈrə-fə-niŋ, ˈrəf-niŋ\

Full Definition of ROUGHEN

transitive verb
:  to make rough or rougher <her hands were roughened by work — Ellen Glasgow>
intransitive verb
:  to become rough

Examples of ROUGHEN

  1. Roughen the surface with a file before you apply the glue.
  2. Her hands were roughened by years of hard work.
  3. Age caused his skin to roughen.

First Known Use of ROUGHEN


Rhymes with ROUGHEN

ROUGHENING Defined for Kids


verb rough·en \ˈrə-fən\

Definition of ROUGHEN for Kids

:  to make or become rough


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