roughen

verb rough·en \ ˈrə-fən \

Definition of roughen

roughened; roughening play \ˈrə-fə-niŋ, ˈrəf-niŋ\
transitive verb
: to make rough or rougher
  • her hands were roughened by work
  • —Ellen Glasgow
intransitive verb
: to become rough

Examples of roughen in a Sentence

  1. Roughen the surface with a file before you apply the glue.

  2. Her hands were roughened by years of hard work.

  3. Age caused his skin to roughen.

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First Known Use of roughen

1582


ROUGHEN Defined for English Language Learners

roughen

verb

Definition of roughen for English Language Learners

  • : to become rough or cause (something) to become rough


ROUGHEN Defined for Kids

roughen

verb rough·en \ ˈrə-fən \

Definition of roughen for Students

roughened; roughening
: to make or become rough


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