taut·​en ˈtȯ-tᵊn How to pronounce tauten (audio)
tautened; tautening ˈtȯt-niŋ How to pronounce tauten (audio)

transitive verb

: to make taut
tauten the rope

intransitive verb

: to become taut

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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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of tauten was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Tauten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tauten. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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