verb \ˈtī-tən\

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

tight·enedtight·en·ing \ˈtīt-niŋ, ˈtī-tən-iŋ\

Full Definition of TIGHTEN

transitive verb
:  to make tight or tighter
intransitive verb
:  to become tight or tighter
tight·en·er \ˈtīt-nər, ˈtī-tən-ər\ noun
tighten one's belt
:  to practice strict economy

Examples of TIGHTEN

  1. She tightened her hold on the handle.
  2. <tighten the straps on the backpack so that the load doesn't shift while hiking>

First Known Use of TIGHTEN

circa 1727

Related to TIGHTEN

strain, stretch, tauten, tense
loosen, slack, slacken


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