re·​tight·​en (ˌ)rē-ˈtī-tᵊn How to pronounce retighten (audio)
retightened; retightening

transitive verb

: to make (something) tight or tighter again
Retighten the screws.
He retightened his belt/grip.

Examples of retighten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a solution, Toyota dealers will inspect the rear axle assembly and retighten the axle retaining nuts at no cost. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2024 But Take Note: Be prepared to have to retighten the training wheels after every few rides. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 24 Aug. 2023 Heads up: the four straps that attach to the cargo rack can loosen by the end of each day, so retighten them the next morning. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 17 July 2023 Two-thirds of destinations worldwide are completely or partially closed to international tourism, according to a report published Monday by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, as the emergence of new coronavirus variants has led many countries to retighten restrictions. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2021 To fix this problem, Toyota dealers will inspect and retighten the nuts if needed, free of charge, according to Toyota. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 24 June 2022 But the willingness to retighten restrictions amid growing public health concerns stands in stark contrast to the U.S.' approach to a fresh wave of new cases. Fox News, 24 June 2020 As a result, the government has started to retighten preventive measures, pleading with the public to wear masks and avoid attending public meetings. NBC News, 13 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retighten was in 1749

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Cite this Entry

“Retighten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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