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tighten

[tahyt-n]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become tight or tighter.
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Origin of tighten

First recorded in 1720–30; tight + -en1
Related formstight·en·er, nouno·ver·tight·en, verbre·tight·en, verbself-tight·en·ing, adjectiveun·tight·en, verb (used with object)

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stiffen, toughen, narrow, cramp, secure, strain, close, strangle, screw, stretch, fix, condense, crush, tauten, congeal, grip, compress, pressure, tense, clench

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British Dictionary definitions for tighten

tighten

verb
  1. to make or become tight or tighter
  2. tighten one's belt to economize
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Derived Formstightener, noun
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Word Origin and History for tighten

v.

"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from Old English tyhtan, from the root of tight. Related: Tightened; tightening.

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