tighten

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verb tight·en \ˈtī-tən\

Definition of tighten

tightened

;

tightening

play \ˈtīt-niŋ, ˈtī-tən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make tight or tighter

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become tight or tighter

tightener

play \ˈtīt-nər, ˈtī-tən-ər\ noun

tighten one's belt

  1. :  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

Circa 1727

First Known Use of tighten

circa 1727



TIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

tighten

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verb tight·en \ˈtī-tən\

Definition of tighten for English Language Learners

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


TIGHTEN Defined for Kids

tighten

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verb tight·en \ˈtī-tən\

Definition of tighten for Students

tightened

;

tightening

  1. :  to make or become tight He tightened his grip.



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