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tight

 (tīt)
adj. tight·er, tight·est
1. Fixed or fastened firmly in place: a tight lid; tight screws; a tight knot.
2. Stretched or drawn out fully: a tight wire; a tight drumhead.
3. Of such close construction as to be impermeable: cloth tight enough to hold water; warm in our tight little cabin.
4.
a. Leaving little empty space through compression; compact: a tight suitcase; a tight weave.
b. Affording little spare time; full: a tight schedule.
5. Closely reasoned or concise: a tight argument; a tight style of writing.
6. Fitting close or too close to the skin; snug: a tight collar; a fit that was much too tight.
7. Slang Personally close; intimate: "me and the D.A., who happen to be very tight with one another" (Tom Wolfe).
8. Experiencing a feeling of constriction: a tight feeling in the chest.
9. Reluctant to spend or give; stingy.
10.
a. Obtainable with difficulty or only at a high price: tight money.
b. Affected by scarcity: a tight market.
11. Difficult to deal with or get out of: a tight spot.
12. Barely profitable: a tight bargain.
13. Closely contested; close: a tight match.
14. Chiefly British Neat and trim in appearance or arrangement.
15. Marked by full control over elements or subordinates; firm: tight management; a tight orchestral performance.
16. Slang Intoxicated; drunk.
17. Baseball Inside.
adv. tight·er, tight·est
1. Firmly; securely.
2. Soundly: sleep tight.
3. Snugly or with constriction: My shoes are laced too tight.

[Middle English, dense, of Scandinavian origin.]

tight′ly adv.
tight′ness n.
Synonyms: tight, taut, tense1
These adjectives mean not slack or loose on account of being pulled or drawn out fully: a tight skirt; taut sails; tense piano strings.
Usage Note: Tight is used as an adverb following verbs that denote a process of closure or constriction, as squeeze, shut, close, tie, and hold. In this use it is subtly distinct from the adverb tightly. Tight denotes the state resulting from the process, whereas tightly denotes the manner of its application. As such, tight is more appropriate when the focus is on a state that endures for some time after the activity has ended. The sentence She closed up the house tight suggests preparation for an impending blizzard. By the same token, it is more natural to say The windows were frozen tight than The windows were frozen tightly, since in this case the tightness of the seal is not likely to be the result of the manner in which the windows were frozen. With a few verbs tight is used idiomatically as an intensive and is the only possible form: sleep tight; sit tight. Tight can be used only following the verb: The house was shut tight (not tight shut). Before the verb, use tightly: The house was tightly shut.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.tightly - in a tight or constricted manner; "a tightly packed pub"
2.tightly - securely fixed or fastened; "the window was tightly sealed"
Translations
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tightly

[ˈtaɪtlɪ] ADV
1. (= firmly) [hold] → bien, con fuerza; [close, tie, wrap] → bien; [bind] → firmemente
the prisoners were tightly boundlos prisioneros estaban firmemente atados
the bandages need to be tightly boundhay que apretar bien los vendajes
they hold on tightly to their religious traditionsse aferran firmemente a sus tradiciones religiosas
2. (= closely) the shelves were packed tightly with bookslas estanterías estaban abarrotadas de libros
tightly fitting clothesropa ceñida or ajustada
3. (= strictly) [controlled, enforced] → estrictamente

tightly

[ˈtaɪtli] adv
(= firmly) [hold, cling] → fermement
He held her tightly → Il la tenait fermement.
[seal] → hermétiquement
a tightly sealed container → un récipient hermétiquement clos
(= securely) → solidement
The bandage had been tightly wrapped over his eyes → Le bandage avait été solidement appliqué sur ses yeux.
(= not loosely)
Her shawl was tightly wrapped around her → Elle était étroitement enveloppée dans son châle.
a tightly woven fabric → un tissu serré
a tightly knit community → une communauté très unie
[close, clench] → fort
Her eyes were tightly closed → Elle fermait fort les yeux.
He kept his fists tightly clenched → Il serrait fort les poings.
(= strictly) [controlled, regulated] → étroitement
(= closely) tightly packed → bondé(e)

tightly

adv
(= closely) holdfest; tightly fittingeng anliegend
(= securely) closed, boundfest; wrappedeng; a tightly knit communityeine eng verbundene Gemeinschaft; behind tightly-closed doorshinter fest verschlossenen Türen
(= tautly) stretchstramm, straff
(= compactly)dicht; tightly packeddicht gedrängt; a tightly packed crowdeine dicht gedrängte Menge
(= rigorously)scharf, streng, rigoros; tightly controlledstreng kontrolliert; a tightly-guarded bordereine streng bewachte Grenze

tightly

[ˈtaɪtlɪ] adv (grasp) → bene, saldamente
References in classic literature ?
Kerchak was equally frightened, so frightened, in fact, that he quite forgot to throw aside the author of that fearful noise, but bolted for the door with it tightly clutched in one hand.
Among the sheep was a lamb that had been born out of season, and this David and his grandfather caught and tied so tightly that it looked like a little white ball.
The Frog, one day intent on mischief, bound the foot of the Mouse tightly to his own.
A YOUNG Ostrich came to its Mother, groaning with pain and with its wings tightly crossed upon its stomach.
The skin roof, stretched tightly as a drumhead, I had thought, sagged and bellied with every gust; and innumerable interstices in the walls, not so tightly stuffed with moss as Maud had supposed, disclosed themselves.
Whilst they had been speaking, she had opened the door, a narrow iron one, well hung, for it opened easily and closed tightly without any creaking or sound of any kind.
On this in water stood a bouquet of flowers tightly packed together in a paper frill like the bone of a mutton chop, and carefully spaced round it were books in leather bindings.
he answered, straining her tightly to him, and covering with kisses the delicate face, which was losing the freshness of youth, though its expression was still so soft, so tender that he could not look at it and not be comforted.
Hardly had Nikita driven out of the yard and turned the horse's head to the house, before Vasili Andreevich emerged from the high porch in front of the house with a cigarette in his mouth and wearing a cloth-covered sheep-skin coat tightly girdled low at his waist, and stepped onto the hard-trodden snow which squeaked under the leather soles of his felt boots, and stopped.
One hand he held tightly against his side, and behind him he left a bloody trail.
The tightly coiled spring was released, the clock began to whirr and the chimes to play.
He turned white and clung more tightly to the railing.