tighten

[ tahyt-n ]
/ ˈtaɪt n /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become tight or tighter.

Origin of tighten

First recorded in 1720–30; tight + -en1

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British Dictionary definitions for tighten

tighten

/ (ˈtaɪtən) /

verb

to make or become tight or tighter
tighten one's belt to economize

Derived Forms

tightener, noun
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