tight·enedtight·en·ing \ˈtīt-niŋ, ˈtī-tən-iŋ\
: to make tight or tighter
: 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
- She tightened her hold on the handle.
- <tighten the straps on the backpack so that the load doesn't shift while hiking>
First Known Use of TIGHTEN
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