Origin of tighten
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Related Wordsstiffen, toughen, narrow, cramp, secure, strain, close, strangle, screw, stretch, fix, condense, crush, tauten, congeal, grip, compress, pressure, tense, clench
Examples from the Web for tighten
Some media reports say Turkey has begun recently to tighten some controls in the border region.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine?
September 8, 2014
Democrats want to tighten disclosure laws (as with the proposed DISCLOSE Act) but have blocked raising contribution limits.The Answer to the McCutcheon Decision Is More Big Money in Politics
April 3, 2014
Congress passed the Helms–Burton Act to tighten the sanctions regime and write it into the law.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba
February 26, 2014
Operations were slowed so a team of eight technicians could shimmy up the ship to tighten up the cables.The Raising of the Concordia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 17, 2013
And so efforts will be made to tighten that language up a bit.Is Rubio Trapped on Immigration Reform?
May 9, 2013
Then put the cover, or lid, on as in Fig. 13, but do not tighten it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I closed my eyes for a moment, and a hand seemed to tighten about my heart.The First Violin
Then put on the sealing nuts and tighten them partly with your fingers.
Then tighten the sealing nuts with the special Exide wrench.
He tried to tighten it, tried to squeeze Martha's thin one in return.Death of a Spaceman
Walter M. Miller
- to make or become tight or tighter
- tighten one's belt to economize
Word Origin and History for tighten
"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from Old English tyhtan, from the root of tight. Related: Tightened; tightening.