Definition for hardened (2 of 2)
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.
Examples from the Web for hardened
Many of them are convicted drug dealers and other hardened criminals.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She reportedly told them, “Sophie Lyons is a hardened criminal, and too smart to be caught like this.”Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A comedy titan who was always the center of attention, amusing even the most hardened of cynics with his manic energy.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I maximize time in hardened buildings and only return to my thin-walled quarters for sleep.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins|Nick Willard|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Valiant was a man beaten down by life, but not enough to be hardened.Remembering Bob Hoskins, the Burly British Star of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ Who Died at 71|Lorenza Muñoz|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In high school he had sought to establish himself as a hardened sinner—a drinker and tough citizen.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
Thus he hardened his heart to the evil work; nor did the chiefs have pity on her for all that she was young and fair exceedingly.Stories from the Greek Tragedians|Alfred Church
After the filler has hardened the wood may be waxed or varnished.A Course In Wood Turning|Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
These are hardened in the fire, and sharpened, and when so prepared, they will pierce through armour easier than if made of iron.
Are you going to build a house on the mound of hardened garbage?A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for hardened (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for hardened (2 of 3)
- (of prices, a market, etc) to cease to fluctuate
- (of price) to rise higher
British Dictionary definitions for hardened (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for hardened
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.