Tighten

  • 1 tighten — UK [ˈtaɪt(ə)n] / US or tighten up UK / US verb Word forms tighten : present tense I/you/we/they tighten he/she/it tightens present participle tightening past tense tightened past participle tightened Word forms tighten up : present tense… …

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  • 2 Tighten Up — may refer to: Tighten Up (Archie Bell the Drells album) Tighten Up (Archie Bell the Drells song) Tighten Up (Electronic song) Tighten Up (The Black Keys song) Tighten Up, a 1960s series of reggae compilation albums issued by Trojan Records See… …

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  • 3 tighten — UK US /ˈtaɪtən/ verb [I or T] ► (also tighten up) GOVERNMENT, LAW to make a rule, system, or law stronger and more difficult to ignore: tighten controls/rules/regulation »There were renewed calls to tighten controls on imported products. ►… …

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  • 4 Tighten — Tight en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tightened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tightening}.] To draw tighter; to straiten; to make more close in any manner. [1913 Webster] Just where I please, with tightened rein I ll urge thee round the dusty plain. Fawkes. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 tighten — index adhere (fasten), constrict (compress) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 tighten — (v.) to make tight, 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from O.E. tyhtan, from the root of TIGHT (Cf. tight). Related: Tightened; tightening …

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  • 7 tighten — [v] constrict bind, clench, close, compress, condense, congeal, contract, cramp, crush, fasten, fix, grip, harden, narrow, pinch, pressure, rigidify, screw, secure, squeeze, stiffen, strain, strangle, stretch, tauten, tense, toughen; concepts 250 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 tighten — [tīt′ n] vt., vi. to make or become tight or tighter tightener n …

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  • 9 tighten — [[t]ta͟ɪt(ə)n[/t]] tightens, tightening, tightened 1) V ERG If you tighten your grip on something, or if your grip tightens, you hold the thing more firmly or securely. [V n] Luke answered by tightening his grip on her shoulder... [V prep] Her… …

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  • 10 tighten — tight|en [ˈtaıtn] v also tighten up 1.) [T] to close or fasten something firmly by turning it ≠ ↑loosen ▪ Tighten the screws firmly. ▪ I d put the new tyre on, but I hadn t tightened up the wheel. 2.) [I and T] if you tighten a rope, wire etc, or …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 tighten — tight|en [ taıtn ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to turn something such as a screw or cover until it is tight and you cannot turn it any more 2. ) transitive to pull something such as a rope or belt until it is straighter or fits more tightly around… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 tighten — also tighten up verb 1 (T) to close or fasten something firmly by turning it: Tighten up the screws. | You ll need to tighten the lid on the jar. 2 (I, T) if you tighten a rope, wire etc, or if it tightens, it is stretched or pulled so that it… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 tighten — verb ADVERB ▪ a little, slightly, etc. ▪ considerably ▪ gradually, slowly ▪ suddenly ▪ …

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  • 14 tighten up — verb restrict (Freq. 1) Tighten the rules stiffen the regulations • Syn: ↑stiffen, ↑tighten, ↑constrain • Hypernyms: ↑restrict, ↑ …

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  • 15 tighten up — phrasal verb Word forms tighten up : present tense I/you/we/they tighten up he/she/it tightens up present participle tightening up past tense tightened up past participle tightened up 1) [intransitive/transitive] same as tighten 2) [intransitive] …

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  • 16 tighten — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To make tight] Syn. compress, condense, squeeze, bind, contract, strangle, constrict, crush, cramp, pinch, grip more tightly, clench, screw down, add pressure; see also stretch 2 . Ant. loosen*, relax, unloose. 2. [To become …

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  • 17 TIGHTEN — (Roget s Thesaurus II) Index tighten noun constriction adjective edgy, taut, thick, tight (2) verb constrain, constrict, cro …

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  • 18 tighten up — PHRASAL VERB If a group, team, or organization tightens up, they make an effort to control what they are doing more closely, in order to become more efficient and successful. → See also tighten 4), 6) [V P] I want us to be a bit more sensible… …

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  • 19 tighten — [ˈtaɪt(ə)n] verb 1) [T] to turn something such as a screw or lid until it is tight and you cannot turn it any more Ant: loosen 2) [I/T] to become tighter, or to make something become tighter Ant: loosen He tightened his hold on the steering wheel …

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  • 20 tighten — verb /ˈtaɪ.tən/ a) To make tighter. Please tighten that screw a quarter turn. b) To become tighter. That joint is tightening as the wood dries. Ant: loosen See Also: tight …

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