hardened

[ hahr-dnd ]
/ ˈhɑr dnd /

adjective

Origin of hardened

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at harden, -ed2
Related formssem·i·hard·ened, adjectiveun·hard·ened, adjectivewell-hard·ened, adjective

Definition for hardened (2 of 2)

harden

[ hahr-dn ]
/ ˈhɑr 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 forms
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British Dictionary definitions for hardened (1 of 3)

hardened

/ (ˈhɑːdənd) /

adjective

rigidly set, as in a mode of behaviour
toughened, as by custom; seasoned
(of a nuclear missile site) constructed to withstand a nuclear attack

British Dictionary definitions for hardened (2 of 3)

harden

1
/ (ˈhɑːdən) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for hardened (3 of 3)

harden

2
/ (ˈhɑːdən) /

noun

a rough fabric made from hards
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Word Origin and History for hardened

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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