verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to cease to fluctuate; firm: When the speculators withdrew from the market, the prices hardened.
- to rise higher.
- harden off,
- harden one's heart,
- harden up,
- hardenberg, friedrich von
Origin of harden
Examples from the Web for harden
Harden and former SNL star Michaela Watkins mine nuanced brilliance out of what could easily be ex-wife clichés.These 5 ‘On the Bubble’ TV Shows Shouldn’t Be Canceled|Kevin Fallon|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, expect attitudes to harden—and the country to remain at impasse.
Fallon: This cast is so stacked with talent—Whitford, Harden, Watkins—that I expected Akerman to drown here.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Elsewhere, outside cash may have served only to harden voters' partisan allegiances.Does Big Money Buy Elections? Sometimes, But Not for Linda McMahon|Matthew DeLuca|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Harden apparently found this lecture so unbearable that he skipped out halfway through.Yale Classmates Say Nathan Harden Gets Yale and Sex All Wrong|Kathryn Olivarius, Claire Gordon|August 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Pile on glass or other pretty dish, set in cold place to harden.The Laurel Health Cookery|Evora Bucknum Perkins
The word itself does not mean to "harden," but to put into some intermediate state.Practical Mechanics for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
All spirit must rise victorious over form; and the form must die lest it harden to stone around the growing life.Miracles of Our Lord|George MacDonald
Indeed, the pleadings and arguments for the Constitution seemed only to harden the feeling of those opposed to it.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)|Albert J. Beveridge
How did the Indian civilizations of the New World learn to harden gold into a useable point for a cutting weapon?The Time Traders|Andre Norton
- (of prices, a market, etc) to cease to fluctuate
- (of price) to rise higher
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.