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hardening

verb
present participle of harden

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1 to become physically firm or solid
  • the glue begins to harden as soon as it is exposed to air

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2 to make able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure
  • pioneer women who had been hardened by years of living on the plains

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3 to increase the ability of (as a muscle) to exert physical force
  • arm muscles that were hardened by all the years of casting and hauling his fishing nets

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4 to make more harsh, uncompromising, or severe
  • the government hardened restrictions on travel to and from the war-torn nation

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“Hardening.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hardening. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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