Definition of Tighten

1. Verb. Make tight or tighter. "Tighten the wire"

Exact synonyms: Fasten
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Frap, Firm, Tauten, Screw, Wind, Wind Up
Derivative terms: Tightening



2. Verb. Become tight or tighter. "The rope tightened"
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Constrict, Constringe, Narrow, Firm, Tauten, Compact, Compress, Constrict, Contract, Press, Squeeze, Strain, Tense

3. Verb. Restrict. "Stiffen the regulations"
Exact synonyms: Constrain, Stiffen, Tighten Up
Generic synonyms: Bound, Confine, Limit, Restrain, Restrict, Throttle, Trammel

4. Verb. Narrow or limit. "Reduce the influx of foreigners"
Exact synonyms: Reduce
Generic synonyms: Bound, Confine, Limit, Restrain, Restrict, Throttle, Trammel

Definition of Tighten

1. v. t. To draw tighter; to straiten; to make more close in any manner.

Definition of Tighten

1. Verb. (transitive) To make tighter. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To become tighter. ¹

3. Verb. (economics) To make money harder to borrow or obtain. ¹

4. Verb. (economics) To raise short-term interest rates. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tighten

1. to make tight [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: tight

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tighten

tight ends
tight five
tight fives
tight junction
tight junctions
tight lips
tight loop
tight loops
tight money
tight rope
tight ship
tight ships
tight spot
tighten (current term)
tighten one's belt
tighten the purse strings
tighten up
tightened
tightener
tighteners
tightening
tightening your braces
tighteningly
tightenings
tightens
tighter
tighters

Literary usage of Tighten

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"23—Inspect all nuts and tighten. 24—Inspect gasoline line and tighten all joints. ... 28—Inspect the steering device and connections and tighten and grease. ..."

2. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1919)
"23—Inspect all nuts and tighten. 24—Inspect gasoline line and tighten all Joints. ... 28—Inspect the steering device and connections and tighten and grease. ..."

3. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1916)
"23—Inspect all nuts and tighten. 24—Inspect gasoline line and tighten all joints. ... Jack wheel and listen for a clicking sound. 2G—Inspect and tighten all ..."

4. A Dictionary of the Hindee Language by John Drew Bate (1875)
"See *, 1. ; see д<*н|. , m. regard, respect, esteem. aud , a. int. to shrink, shrivel, draw up, gather up, contract, tighten : (. to drew up, ..."

5. Can Grande's Castle by Amy Lowell (1918)
"The traces tighten, and the carriages are gone. In and out of Prague roll the wheels, and across the border into Germany. Dresden at last, but an Electress ..."

6. Memoir and Correspondence of Eliza P. Gurney by Eliza Paul Kirkbride Gurney (1884)
"I feel that I am bound to you with a tie that will only tighten till we meet to part no more. It does me good to recall the sweet communions we held ..."

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