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toughen

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of toughen

  1. 1 to increase the ability of (as a muscle) to exert physical force weight lifting will help toughen those flabby muscles of yours Synonyms of toughen beef (up), fortify, harden, strengthenWords Related to toughen anneal, temper; firm (up), tone (up); energize, invigorate, vitalize; restrengthenNear Antonyms of toughen cripple, incapacitate, paralyze; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure; break down, wear out; sap, undercut, undermineAntonyms of toughen debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, weaken

  2. 2 to make able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure hiking every morning through snow and ice toughened him considerably Synonyms of toughen fortify, indurate, inure, season, steel, strengthen, hardenWords Related to toughen acclimate, acclimatize, adapt, adjust; anneal, temper; invigorate, vitalize; immunize; bolster, boost, brace, buttress, enforce, forearm, prop (up), reinforce (also reenforce), support; break in, limber (up), train; accustom, condition, habituate, naturalizeNear Antonyms of toughen emasculate, enervate, enfeeble, exhaust, sap, weaken; cripple, debilitate, hamstring, incapacitate; sensitizeAntonyms of toughen soften

  3. 3 to make more harsh, uncompromising, or severe attempts to toughen conditions under which waivers from military service would be permitted Synonyms of toughen harden, stiffen, strengthen, harshenNear Antonyms of toughen lessen, moderate, softenAntonyms of toughen ameliorate, ease



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