tighten

verb tight·en \ ˈtī-tᵊn \

Definition of tighten

tightened; tightening play \ˈtīt-niŋ, ˈtī-tᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
:to make tight or tighter
intransitive verb
:to become tight or tighter

tightener

play \ˈtīt-nər, ˈtī-tᵊn-ər\ noun
tighten one's belt
:to practice strict economy

Examples of tighten in a Sentence

  1. She tightened her hold on the handle.

  2. tighten the straps on the backpack so that the load doesn't shift while hiking

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First Known Use of tighten

circa 1727

tighten Synonyms

Synonyms
strain, stretch, tauten, tense
Antonyms
loosen, slack, slacken
Related Words
elongate, extend, lengthen; cinch, constrict
Near Antonyms
ease, relax


TIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

tighten

verb

Definition of tighten for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) tight or tighter or to become tight or tighter


TIGHTEN Defined for Kids

tighten

verb tight·en \ ˈtī-tᵊn \

Definition of tighten for Students

tightened; tightening
:to make or become tight
  • He tightened his grip.


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