harden
verb (hardened; hardening) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to make hard or harder 2. to confirm in disposition, feelings, or action; especially to make callous <
hardened his heart
>
3. a. inure, toughen <
harden troops
>
b. to inure to unfavorable environmental conditions (as cold) — often used with off <
harden off seedlings before transplanting
>
4. to protect from blast, heat, or radiation (as by a thick barrier or placement underground) intransitive verb 1. to become hard or harder 2. a. to become firm, stable, or settled b. to assume an appearance of harshness or severity <
her face hardened at the thought
>
3. to become gradually acclimatized to unfavorable conditions — often used with off <
plants hardened off before the first frost
>

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