tauten

[tawt-n]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become taut.

Origin:
1805–15; taut + -en1

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tauten (ˈtɔːtən)
 
vb
to make or become taut or tense

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All these plot lines interweave and tauten right up to the unbearable romantic tension of the climax.
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