toughen

verb
tough·​en | \ ˈtə-fən How to pronounce toughen (audio) \
toughened; toughening\ ˈtə-​fə-​niŋ How to pronounce toughen (audio) , ˈtəf-​niŋ \

Definition of toughen

intransitive verb

: to become tough

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Examples of toughen in a Sentence

The government is toughening antidrug laws. weight lifting will help toughen those flabby muscles of yours
Recent Examples on the Web The bill was signed after Ducey announced his partnership with 25 other GOP governors with the American Governors' Border Strike Force, meant to toughen security at the border. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Meanwhile, Western governments prepared Wednesday to toughen sanctions against Russia and send more weapons to Ukraine. Julia Musto, Fox News, 6 Apr. 2022 DeWine also renewed calls for lawmakers to pass measures prohibiting distracted driving and to toughen penalties for felons who use guns to commit violent crimes. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 Your daughter had to toughen up to stand up to her brother, and now your youngest son is taking the brunt of the aggression. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Part of what has helped toughen resolve among European leaders like Scholz, as well as France’s Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was their realization of how blatantly Putin lied about his intentions in Ukraine. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022 In his State of the Union address, Biden called on Congress to pass legislation to toughen regulations for social media. Brian Fung, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 Lamin recently introduced a bill in parliament that would toughen requirements for sand mining permits. Peter Yeung, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 The wisest way to deal with the crunch on the border is to toughen enforcement while also giving economic migrants more ways to enter and work here legally. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of toughen

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of toughen was in 1582

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22 May 2022

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“Toughen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toughen. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for toughen

toughen

verb
tough·​en | \ ˈtə-fən How to pronounce toughen (audio) \
toughened; toughening

Kids Definition of toughen

: to make or become tough Going barefoot toughened my feet.

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Nglish: Translation of toughen for Spanish Speakers

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