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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
derivation: tightener (n.)
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The word tighten contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.