tauten

[ tawt-n ]
/ ˈtɔt n /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become taut.

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Origin of tauten

First recorded in 1805–15; taut + -en1
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Example sentences from the Web for tauten

  • Various methods were tried in the early days to tauten and strengthen the fabric.

    The Romance of Aircraft|Lawrence Yard Smith

British Dictionary definitions for tauten

tauten
/ (ˈtɔːtən) /

verb

to make or become taut or tense
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