Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[tahyt-n] /ˈtaɪt n/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become tight or tighter.
Origin of tighten
First recorded in 1720-30; tight + -en1
Related forms
tightener, noun
overtighten, verb
retighten, verb
self-tightening, adjective
untighten, verb (used with object)
secure, anchor, fasten. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for tightened
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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


to make or become tight or tighter
tighten one's belt, to economize
Derived Forms
tightener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tightened



"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from Old English tyhtan, from the root of tight. Related: Tightened; tightening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for tightened

Word Value for tightened

Scrabble Words With Friends