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toughen

[tuhf-uh n] /ˈtʌf ən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become tough or tougher.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; tough + -en1
Related forms
toughener, noun
Synonyms
harden, firm, strengthen, stiffen.
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Examples for toughen
  • Embedded in the amorphous portions of both proteins are two kinds of crystalline regions that toughen the silk.
  • If your housing policies are too modest, you toughen them up.
  • But the words on accompanying plaques toughen them up.
  • The measures would cap payments to large farms and toughen environmental standards while leaving the overall budget unchanged.
  • In her younger days her desire to win had served to toughen her as far as any opponent was concerned.
  • It will only suit him even more on the weekend as they'll toughen it up.
  • Cells located at the spot where the leaf stem attaches to the tree, toughen and begin to form a protective waterproof scar.
  • The borax is added to toughen the baitfish so they will stay on the hook better and last longer.
  • Eggs, cheese and solid meat can toughen when microwaved on high.
  • In addition, he cosponsored legislation to abolish parole and toughen penalties for violent criminals.
British Dictionary definitions for toughen

toughen

/ˈtʌfən/
verb
1.
to make or become tough or tougher
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