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

Definition of tauten

transitive verb

: to make taut tauten the rope

intransitive verb

: to become taut

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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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First Known Use of tauten

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Tauten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tauten. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tauten

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

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