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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become tight or tighter.
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Origin of tighten

First recorded in 1720–30; tight + -en1
Related formstight·en·er, nouno·ver·tight·en, verbre·tight·en, verbself-tight·en·ing, adjectiveun·tight·en, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for tighten

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Examples from the Web for overtightening

Historical Examples of overtightening

  • Overtightening or twisting will twist the pump-motor mounting plate and put a stress on the motor bearings.

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British Dictionary definitions for overtightening


  1. to make or become tight or tighter
  2. tighten one's belt to economize
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Derived Formstightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for overtightening



"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from Old English tyhtan, from the root of tight. Related: Tightened; tightening.

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