- tough·en·er, noun
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How to use toughen in a sentence
Democrats and Republicans did not manage to advance some of their most ambitious proposals, including efforts to toughen antitrust laws and hold social-media sites more directly accountable for their content-moderation practices.Amazon, Facebook, other tech giants spent roughly $65 million to lobby Washington last year | Tony Romm | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
That experience and others like it convinced him of the need for a statute that explicitly outlaws domestic terrorism and toughens the government’s ability to prosecute it.Domestic Terrorism: A More Urgent Threat, but Weaker Laws | by Sebastian Rotella | January 8, 2021 | ProPublica
Still, county officials agreed with the neighbors’ concerns and decided to toughen the county policy for new large cemeteries to account for water-quality hazards.Changing Virginia county faces discrimination charges over Islamic cemetery | Antonio Olivo | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
When the NFL toughened its protocols recently, teams were told that all meetings should be conducted remotely and any in-person meetings should be outdoors.In the NFL’s approach to the Broncos and Ravens, fairness was not part of the equation | Mark Maske | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
The Ravens’ issues came as the NFL further toughened its coronavirus protocols.Ravens’ Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins test positive for coronavirus; Thursday’s game vs. Steelers remains on | Mark Maske | November 24, 2020 | Washington Post
Philip has never been given to displays of emotion, and saw his role as a father to ‘toughen up’ his sons.
Others have disagreed, claiming that the Super PAC onslaught will simply toughen him up for the even bloodier battle ahead.Mitt Romney’s Unfavorable Ratings Have Been Rising Since Iowa | Andrew Romano | February 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The African-American community wants Obama to toughen up and fight back.
Valdes-Rodriguez is dating a New Mexico cowpoke who is attempting to toughen up her son.
Perhaps they are planning to toughen up the bill, not in the shadows of committee but in the sunshine of open debate.
I must be generous, and I know your conscience will be tender a long time, if something is not done to toughen it.The Art of Disappearing | John Talbot Smith
I'm not at all sure that humanity oughtn't to be hackled like weeds, and so toughen its hold on life.The Tyranny of the Dark | Hamlin Garland
We'll change your metabolism, your endocrine balance, toughen your muscle fibers a thousandfold.Brknk's Bounty | Gerald Allan Sohl
I am that garden variety, and it took the exercising of many heart interests to toughen my cardiac organ.The Golden Bird | Maria Thompson Daviess
To ensure the latter, anything that would toughen the gluten must be avoided.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management | Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for toughen
to make or become tough or tougher
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