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tighten

tight·en

tighten

 
 
pronunciation:
taI tn
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: tightened, tightening, tightens
definition: to make or become tight, tighter, more constricted, or the like.
antonyms:
ease, loose, loosen, relax, slack, slacken
similar words:
contract, draw, set, strain, tense
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derivation: tightener (n.)
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