coarsen

verb coars·en \ ˈkȯr-sᵊn \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of coarsen

coarsened; coarsening
: to make coarse
: to become coarse

Examples of coarsen in a Sentence

  1. Her hands were coarsened by years of hard work.

  2. He was coarsened by his time in prison.

  3. offensive words that coarsen the English language

  4. The book describes how popular culture has coarsened in recent decades.

Recent Examples of coarsen from the Web

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First Known Use of coarsen

1805

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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COARSEN Defined for English Language Learners

coarsen

Definition of coarsen for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) rough or rougher

  • : to become rough or rougher

  • : to cause (someone or something) to become rude or offensive


COARSEN Defined for Kids

coarsen

verb coars·en \ ˈkȯr-sᵊn \

Definition of coarsen for Students

coarsened; coarsening
: to make or become rough or rougher
  • His hands were coarsened by hard labor.


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