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tighten

[tahyt-n] /ˈtaɪt n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become tight or tighter.
Origin of tighten
1720-1730
1720-30; tight + -en1
Related forms
tightener, noun
overtighten, verb
retighten, verb
self-tightening, adjective
untighten, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
secure, anchor, fasten.
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  • She looked up and there was a light in her eyes that caused his hands to tighten on her shoulders.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • I closed my eyes for a moment, and a hand seemed to tighten about my heart.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • In such a case great care should be taken not to tighten the wire beyond barely taking up the slack.

  • Then tighten the sealing nuts with the special Exide wrench.

  • My experience is that when a shell bursts very close to you, your heart seems to tighten and jump up.

    Fighting the Boche Underground Harry Davis Trounce
British Dictionary definitions for tighten

tighten

/ˈtaɪtən/
verb
1.
to make or become tight or tighter
2.
tighten one's belt, to economize
Derived Forms
tightener, 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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