Examples of stiffen in a Sentence
She stiffened when he grabbed her shoulder.
The dogs stiffened in alarm.
The law would stiffen penalties for tax evasion.
Recent Examples of stiffen from the Web
In the 1970s, as the federal government stiffened environmental regulations, energy companies looked westward in search of cleaner coal.
M2 stiffens the leg and brings its weight down onto its right foot.
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First Known Use of stiffen
STIFFEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stiffen for English Language Learners
: to stop moving and become completely still especially because of fear, anger, etc.
: to become painful to move or use
: to become more severe or strong or to make (something) more severe or strong
STIFFEN Defined for Kids
Definition of stiffen for Students
1 : to make or become stiff or stiffer The paper stiffened as it dried.
2 : to become tense and still He stiffened with suspicion.
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