tighten

[tahyt-n]

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become tight or tighter.

Nearby words

  1. tight-knit,
  2. tight-lipped,
  3. tight-money policy,
  4. tight-mouthed,
  5. tightass,
  6. tighten one's belt,
  7. tighten the screws,
  8. tightfisted,
  9. tightfitting,
  10. tightknit

Origin of tighten

First recorded in 1720–30; tight + -en1

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British Dictionary definitions for tightened

tighten

verb

to make or become tight or tighter
tighten one's belt to economize
Derived Formstightener, noun

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Word Origin and History for tightened

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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