verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

: to make (something) stricter or to become stricter

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

tough·enedtough·en·ing \ˈtə-fə-niŋ, ˈtəf-niŋ\

Full Definition of TOUGHEN

transitive verb
:  to make tough
intransitive verb
:  to become tough

Examples of TOUGHEN

  1. The government is toughening antidrug laws.
  2. <weight lifting will help toughen those flabby muscles of yours>

First Known Use of TOUGHEN


Rhymes with TOUGHEN

TOUGHENING Defined for Kids


verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

Definition of TOUGHEN for Kids

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


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