harden

[hahr-dn]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of harden

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at hard, -en1
Related formshard·en·a·ble, adjectivehard·en·a·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·hard·en, verbpre·hard·en, verb (used with object)re·hard·en, verbun·hard·en, verb (used with object)un·hard·en·a·ble, adjective

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Antonyms for harden

1. soften. 4. weaken.

Harden

[hahr-dn]

noun

Sir Arthur,1865–1940, English biochemist: Nobel Prize 1929.
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harden

1

verb

to make or become hard or harder; freeze, stiffen, or set
to make or become more hardy, tough, or unfeeling
to make or become stronger or firmerthey hardened defences
to make or become more resolute or sethardened in his resolve
(intr) commerce
  1. (of prices, a market, etc) to cease to fluctuate
  2. (of price) to rise higher

harden

2

noun

a rough fabric made from hards
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Word Origin and History for harden
n.

c.1200 (replacing Old English heardian) "to make (something) hard," from hard + -en (1). Meaning "to become hard" is late 14c. Related: Hardened (figurative sense of "unfeeling" is from late 14c.); hardening.

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