toughen

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verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

Definition of toughen

toughened

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toughening

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make tough

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become tough

Examples of toughen in a sentence

  1. The government is toughening antidrug laws.

  2. weight lifting will help toughen those flabby muscles of yours

1582

First Known Use of toughen

1582


TOUGHEN Defined for English Language Learners

toughen

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verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

Definition of toughen for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) stricter or to become stricter

  • : to make (someone) physically or emotionally stronger or to become physically or emotionally stronger


TOUGHEN Defined for Kids

toughen

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verb tough·en \ˈtə-fən\

Definition of toughen for Students

toughened

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toughening

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



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