coarsen

verb coars·en \ ˈkȯr-sᵊn \

Definition of coarsen

coarsened; coarsening
transitive verb
:to make coarse
intransitive verb
: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.

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First Known Use of coarsen

1805


COARSEN Defined for English Language Learners

coarsen

verb

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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