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roughen

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verb rough·en \ˈrə-fən\

Simple Definition of roughen

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of roughen

roughenedroughening play \ˈrə-fə-niŋ, ˈrəf-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make rough or rougher <her hands were roughened by work — Ellen Glasgow>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become rough

Examples of roughen in a sentence

  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.



1582

First Known Use of roughen

1582

Rhymes with roughen


ROUGHEN Defined for Kids

roughen

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verb rough·en \ˈrə-fən\

Definition of roughen for Students

roughenedroughening

  1. :  to make or become rough





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