tauten

verb
taut·en | \ˈtȯ-tᵊn \
tautened; tautening\ˈtȯt-niŋ, ˈtȯ-tᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of tauten 

transitive verb

: to make taut tauten the rope

intransitive verb

: to become taut

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tauten

Synonyms

strain, stretch, tense, tighten

Antonyms

loosen, slack, slacken

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Examples of tauten in a Sentence

The wire tautened as they pulled on it. he tautened the rope and then tied it off

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Those systems use hydraulics or electromagnetic fluids to soften or tauten the ride. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Fancy New Suspension Could Make Car Rides a Lot Smoother," 9 Apr. 2018 BMW’s adaptive dampers stifle road imperfections and tauten the 5 Series for hard cornering. Miles Branman, Orange County Register, "BMW returns to sporting roots with new 5 Series," 26 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of tauten

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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tauten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tauten

: to make (something) tight or taut or to become tight or taut

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