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harden

hard·en

harden

 
 
pronunciation:
har dn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hardened, hardening, hardens
definition 1: to make hard or more resistant to pressure.
Baking will harden the clay.
antonyms:
soften
similar words:
firm, fortify
definition 2: to make insensitive or unfeeling.
I hardened my heart towards him.
antonyms:
soften
similar words:
callous
definition 3: to make tough or inured.
The war has hardened him.
antonyms:
soften
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become hard or more resistant to pressure.
The paste hardened.
antonyms:
soften
similar words:
fix, knot, set
definition 2: to become insensitive or unfeeling.
Jail only seems to harden the inmates.
antonyms:
soften
definition 3: to become unyielding or tough.
Her heart hardened, and she would not give in.
antonyms:
soften
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