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tighten

[tahyt-n] /ˈtaɪt n/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become tight or tighter.
Origin of tighten
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; tight + -en1
Related forms
tightener, noun
overtighten, verb
retighten, verb
self-tightening, adjective
untighten, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
secure, anchor, fasten.
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  • Light and buoyant as the child was, her tightened clasp had begun to tell on him.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • For in the morning the reins of discipline are tightened again.

  • The tightened grasp of these four walls had taught her this.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Then he tightened his grasp on it, like one putting the devil behind him.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • She struggled weakly to free herself, and his clasp only tightened jealously.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for tightened

tighten

/ˈtaɪtən/
verb
1.
to make or become tight or tighter
2.
tighten one's belt, to economize
Derived Forms
tightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for tightened

tighten

v.

"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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