harden

[hahr-dn]
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. hardboot,
  2. hardbound,
  3. hardcore,
  4. hardcover,
  5. hardecanute,
  6. harden off,
  7. harden one's heart,
  8. harden up,
  9. hardenberg,
  10. hardenberg, friedrich von

Origin of harden

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at hard, -en1

SYNONYMS FOR harden
ANTONYMS FOR harden
1. soften. 4. weaken.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for hardenable

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 hardenable

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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