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toughen

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verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

Simple Definition of toughen

  • : to make (something) stricter or to become stricter

  • : to make (someone) physically or emotionally stronger or to become physically or emotionally stronger

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of toughen

toughened

toughening

play \ˈtə-fə-niŋ, ˈtəf-niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make tough

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become tough

Examples of toughen in a sentence

  1. The government is toughening antidrug laws.

  2. <weight lifting will help toughen those flabby muscles of yours>



1582

First Known Use of toughen

1582

Rhymes with toughen


TOUGHEN Defined for Kids

toughen

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verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

Definition of toughen for Students

toughened

toughening

  1. :  to make or become tough <Going barefoot toughened my feet.>





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