Definition of harden
- hardened his heart
- harden off seedlings before transplanting
- her face hardened at the thought
- plants hardened off before the first frost
The presence of certain substances in the blood can cause the arteries to harden.
These additives are designed to harden the steel.
substances that can harden the arteries
The news has hardened opposition to the government.
He had been hardened by his years of military service.
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: to become hard or firm or to make (something) hard or firm
: to become more definite and strongly felt or to make (something) more definite and strongly felt
: to make (someone) hard : to make (someone) less emotional and less likely to feel sorry for other people
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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