Origin of tighten
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secure, anchor, fasten.
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- to make or become tight or tighter
- tighten one's belt to economize
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Word Origin and History for overtighten
"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from Old English tyhtan, from the root of tight. Related: Tightened; tightening.
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