tauten
verb (tautened; tautening) Date: circa 1814 transitive verb to make taut <
tauten the rope
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intransitive verb to become taut

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tauten — “to make taut,” 1814, from TAUT (Cf. taut) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Tautened; tautening …   Etymology dictionary

  • tauten — [tôt′ n] vt., vi. to make or become taut …   English World dictionary

  • tauten — [[t]tɔ͟ːt(ə)n[/t]] tautens, tautening, tautened V ERG If a part of your body tautens or if you tauten it, it becomes stiff or firm. Her whole body tautened violently... [V n] There are exercises that tauten facial muscles …   English dictionary

  • tauten — UK [ˈtɔːt(ə)n] / US [ˈtɔt(ə)n] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms tauten : present tense I/you/we/they tauten he/she/it tautens present participle tautening past tense tautened past participle tautened to become firm or tight, or to make… …   English dictionary

  • tauten — verb a) To make taut. Tauten the rope. b) To become taut. The rope tautened …   Wiktionary

  • tauten — taut ► ADJECTIVE 1) stretched or pulled tight. 2) (of muscles or nerves) tense. 3) (of writing, music, etc.) concise and controlled. 4) (of a ship) having a disciplined crew. DERIVATIVES tauten verb tautly adverb tautness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tauten — verb 1. become taut or tauter Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly the rope tautened • Syn: ↑firm • Hypernyms: ↑tighten • Verb Frames: Something s …   Useful english dictionary

  • tauten — /tawt n/, v.t., v.i. to make or become taut. [1805 15; TAUT + EN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • tauten — Synonyms and related words: continue, crank, crank in, drag out, draw, draw in, draw out, draw taut, elongate, extend, lengthen, lengthen out, let out, produce, prolong, prolongate, protract, pull, pull in, reel, reel in, spin out, strain,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tauten — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make or become tense: stiffen, tense, tighten. See TIGHTEN …   English dictionary for students

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