View synonyms for tighten


[ tahyt-n ]

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to make or become tight or tighter.

    Synonyms: fasten, anchor, secure


/ ˈtaɪtən /


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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtightener, noun

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Other Words From

  • tighten·er noun
  • over·tighten verb
  • re·tighten verb
  • self-tighten·ing adjective
  • un·tighten verb (used with object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tighten1

First recorded in 1720–30; tight + -en 1

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Example Sentences

Accordingly, Stepien has reportedly been working to tighten the campaign’s belt — which has included cutting back on TV ads in several key states.

Take its Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in Safari, which it has continued to tighten.

From Digiday

Even as revenue streams tightened, this year’s Resilience Awards finalists refused to panic — or to think selfishly.

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Health care is also a highly regulated business, and restrictions on the use of telehealth, some of which were relaxed during the pandemic, could be tightened.

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She thinks having a fingerprint verification might tighten security of the ballots even more.

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The grasp on the sabre would tighten; the quiet eyes would flash.

I tried to relax too, but I felt my stomach tighten and I began to sweat.

Some media reports say Turkey has begun recently to tighten some controls in the border region.

Democrats want to tighten disclosure laws (as with the proposed DISCLOSE Act) but have blocked raising contribution limits.

Congress passed the Helms–Burton Act to tighten the sanctions regime and write it into the law.

In that instant I felt fingers tighten on my arm, tighten till they bit into the flesh, and I was pulled back into safety.

I felt her grasp tighten about my neck, and her firm body crowd against me as we both sank down for an instant.

But the touch only seemed to make the great living knot tighten, and after a try Morgan ceased.

The cap should have a square nut for a wrench to tighten or unscrew the cap.

The doctor, peering after him with smoldering eyes, felt his finger tighten on the trigger.


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