re tighten


verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become tight or tighter.

1720–30; tight + -en1

tightener, noun
overtighten, verb
retighten, verb
self-tightening, adjective
untighten, verb (used with object)

secure, anchor, fasten. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
tighten (ˈtaɪtən)
1.  to make or become tight or tighter
2.  tighten one's belt to economize

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Word Origin & History

"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from O.E. tyhtan, from the root of tight.
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