verb (used with or without object)

to make or become taut.

Origin of tauten

First recorded in 1805–15; taut + -en1
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Related Words for tauten

stiffen, tighten, force, straighten, strain, constrict

Examples from the Web for tauten

Historical Examples of 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



to make or become taut or tense
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Word Origin and History for tauten

"to make taut," 1814, from taut + -en (1). Related: Tautened; tautening.

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