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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 ?
Beth took a step forward, and pressed her hands tightly together to keep from clapping them, for this was an irresistible temptation, and the thought of practicing on that splendid instrument quite took her breath away.
When he began to weep she held him more and more tightly.
Her lips were tightly compressed and she kept whispering to herself:
When the pathway spread clear and smooth enough before her, she again closed her eyes tightly against the sight of that unknown and terrifying world.
For though I tried to move his arm --unlock his bridegroom clasp --yet, sleeping as he was, he still hugged me tightly, as though naught but death should part us twain.
I wanted to lie down and rest, but with the saddle strapped tightly on there was no comfort, and there was not a drop of water to drink.
He in turn has clasped his arms tightly around her, as if he would carry her away; and so she dances, and will dance the entire evening, and would dance forever, in ecstasy of bliss.
He folded his arms, tightly pressed in his lips, but a whole volcano of bitter feelings burned in his bosom, and sent streams of fire through his veins.
Cobb solemnly, as he remounted his perch; and as the stage rumbled down the village street between the green maples, those who looked from their windows saw a little brown elf in buff calico sitting primly on the back seat holding a great bouquet tightly in one hand and a pink parasol in the other.
Some hated thought seemed to have him in its grip, and to hold him so tightly that he could not advance.
I don't like it," and she pinched her thin lips more tightly together.
When I was clear of the house, a black muffler was drawn tightly over my mouth from behind, and my arms were pinioned.