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tighten

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verb tight·en \ˈtī-tən\

Simple Definition of tighten

  • : to make (something) tight or tighter or to become tight or tighter

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tighten

tightened

tightening

play \ˈtīt-niŋ, ˈtī-tən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make tight or tighter

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become tight or tighter

tightener

play \ˈtīt-nər, ˈtī-tən-ər\ noun

tighten one's belt

  1. :  to practice strict economy

Examples of tighten in a sentence

  1. She tightened her hold on the handle.

  2. <tighten the straps on the backpack so that the load doesn't shift while hiking>



Circa 1727

First Known Use of tighten

circa 1727



TIGHTEN Defined for Kids

tighten

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verb tight·en \ˈtī-tən\

Definition of tighten for Students

tightened

tightening

  1. :  to make or become tight <He tightened his grip.>





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