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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for tauten

Synonyms

strain, stretch, tense, tighten

Antonyms

loosen, slack, slacken

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of tauten in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tauten.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of tauten

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tauten

Dictionary Entries near tauten

tau-saghyz

taut-

taut

tauten

taut helm

tautochrone

tautog

Statistics for tauten

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tauten

The first known use of tauten was in 1777

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tauten

tauten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tauten

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

More from Merriam-Webster on tauten

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tauten

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tauten

Comments on tauten

What made you want to look up tauten? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!