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tight·en

 (tīt′n)
tr. & intr.v. tight·ened, tight·en·ing, tight·ens
To make or become tight or tighter.

tight′en·er n.

tighten

(ˈtaɪtən)
vb
1. to make or become tight or tighter
2. tighten one's belt to economize
ˈtightener n

tight•en

(ˈtaɪt n)

v.t., v.i.
to make or become tight or tighter.
Idioms:
tighten one's belt, to respond to hardship by reducing expenditures.
[1720–30]
tight′en•er, n.

tighten


Past participle: tightened
Gerund: tightening

Imperative
tighten
tighten
Present
I tighten
you tighten
he/she/it tightens
we tighten
you tighten
they tighten
Preterite
I tightened
you tightened
he/she/it tightened
we tightened
you tightened
they tightened
Present Continuous
I am tightening
you are tightening
he/she/it is tightening
we are tightening
you are tightening
they are tightening
Present Perfect
I have tightened
you have tightened
he/she/it has tightened
we have tightened
you have tightened
they have tightened
Past Continuous
I was tightening
you were tightening
he/she/it was tightening
we were tightening
you were tightening
they were tightening
Past Perfect
I had tightened
you had tightened
he/she/it had tightened
we had tightened
you had tightened
they had tightened
Future
I will tighten
you will tighten
he/she/it will tighten
we will tighten
you will tighten
they will tighten
Future Perfect
I will have tightened
you will have tightened
he/she/it will have tightened
we will have tightened
you will have tightened
they will have tightened
Future Continuous
I will be tightening
you will be tightening
he/she/it will be tightening
we will be tightening
you will be tightening
they will be tightening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tightening
you have been tightening
he/she/it has been tightening
we have been tightening
you have been tightening
they have been tightening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tightening
you will have been tightening
he/she/it will have been tightening
we will have been tightening
you will have been tightening
they will have been tightening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tightening
you had been tightening
he/she/it had been tightening
we had been tightening
you had been tightening
they had been tightening
Conditional
I would tighten
you would tighten
he/she/it would tighten
we would tighten
you would tighten
they would tighten
Past Conditional
I would have tightened
you would have tightened
he/she/it would have tightened
we would have tightened
you would have tightened
they would have tightened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tighten - make tight or tightertighten - make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
frap - take up the slack of; "frap a rope"
firm, tauten - make taut or tauter; "tauten a rope"
screw - tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions; "Screw the bottle cap on"
wind up, wind - coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem; "wind your watch"
2.tighten - become tight or tighter; "The rope tightened"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
constringe, constrict, narrow - become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted"
firm, tauten - become taut or tauter; "Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"; "the rope tautened"
constrict, compress, contract, compact, press, squeeze - squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
tense, strain - become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
3.tighten - restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
4.tighten - narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

tighten

verb
1. close, narrow, strengthen, squeeze, harden, constrict He answered by tightening his grip on her shoulder.
close slacken, ease off, let out
2. stretch, strain, tense, tauten, stiffen, rigidify He flung his whole weight back, tightening the rope.
stretch relax, loosen, slacken, weaken
3. fasten, secure, screw, fix I used my thumbnail to tighten the screw.
fasten unscrew, unfasten, unbind
4. contract, narrow, constrict, become tight, become narrow Her throat had tightened and she couldn't speak.
5. purse, narrow, compress, screw up, pucker Martha tightened her lips and shook her head.
6. increase, heighten, toughen (up), beef up (informal), crank up (informal), scale up, make stricter, make more rigorous They have tightened security along the border.

tighten

verb
1. To make or become tight or tighter:
2. To make or become tense:
Translations
يَشُد، يُحْكِم الإغْلاقيُضَيِّقُ
těsnitzesílit
stramme
kiristää
zategnuti
megszorít
òétta, herîa
締める
단단히 죄다
tesniťutesniť
pritegnitizadrgniti
dra åt
ทำให้แน่นหรือตึงขึ้น
gerginleş meksıkılamaksıkış mak
thắt chặt

tighten

[ˈtaɪtn]
A. VT (also tighten up) [+ rope] → estirar, tensar; [+ nut, belt, shoes] → apretar; [+ regulations] → hacer más severo; [+ restrictions, discipline, security] → reforzar
B. VI (also tighten up) [rope, knot] → estirarse; [skin] → ponerse tirante; [grasp] → apretarse
tighten up
A. VT + ADV
1. = tighten A
2. to tighten up on sthser más estricto con algo
they have decided to tighten up on this type of importhan decidido controlar más este tipo de importaciones
B. VI + ADV = tighten B

tighten

[ˈtaɪtən]
vt
(= make firmer) [+ rope] → tendre; [+ screw] → resserrer; [+ grip, hold] → resserrer
(= make stricter) [+ control] → renforcer; [+ security] → renforcer; [+ rule] → renforcer
vi [fingers, grip] → se resserrer; [rope, chain] → se tendre
tighten up
vt
(= make firmer) [+ screw, knot] → resserrer
(= make stricter) [+ rules, security] → renforcertight end n (US)ailier m

tighten

(also tighten up)
vt
knotfester machen, anziehen; screwanziehen; (= re-tighten)nachziehen; musclesanspannen; lipsverkneifen; ropestraffen, anziehen; (= stretch tighter)straffer spannen; to tighten one’s grip (lit)fester zugreifen; (fig)die Schraube fester ziehen; to tighten one’s grip on something (lit)etw fester halten; (fig)etw besser unter Kontrolle bringen; to tighten the steering in a cardie Lenkung an einem Auto nachziehen
(fig) rules, security, control, law, procedures, restrictionsverschärfen; to tighten the screw on something/a countryden Druck auf etw (acc)/ein Land verstärken ? belt
vi (rope)sich spannen, sich straffen; (knot)sich zusammenziehen; whenever he’s angry his mouth tightensimmer wenn er wütend ist, wird sein Mund schmal und verkniffen

tighten

[ˈtaɪtn]
1. vt (also tighten up) (gen) → stringere; (rope) → tendere; (regulation) → rendere più severo/a; (control) → intensificare
to tighten one's belt (fig) → tirare la cinghia
2. vi (also tighten up) → stringersi; (rope) → tendersi; (grasp) → farsi più stretto/a
tighten up
1. vi + adv
a. = tighten 2
b. to tighten up on sthrendere qc più severo/a
2. vt + adv = tighten 1

tight

(tait) adjective
1. fitting very or too closely. I couldn't open the box because the lid was too tight; My trousers are too tight.
2. stretched to a great extent; not loose. He made sure that the ropes were tight.
3. (of control etc) strict and very careful. She keeps (a) tight control over her emotions.
4. not allowing much time. We hope to finish this next week but the schedule's a bit tight.
adverb
(also ˈtightly) closely; with no extra room or space. The bags were packed tight / tightly packed.
-tight sealed so as to keep (something) in or out, as in airtight, *watertight
ˈtighten verb
to make or become tight or tighter.
ˈtightness noun
tights noun plural
a close-fitting (usually nylon or woollen) garment covering the feet, legs and body to the waist. She bought three pairs of tights.
ˌtight-ˈfisted adjective
mean and ungenerous with money. a tight-fisted employer.
ˈtightrope noun
a tightly-stretched rope or wire on which acrobats balance.
a tight corner/spot
a difficult position or situation. His refusal to help put her in a tight corner/spot.
tighten one's belt
to make sacrifices and reduce one's standard of living. If the economy gets worse, we shall just have to tighten our belts.

tighten

يُضَيِّقُ zesílit stramme festziehen σφίγγω apretar kiristää serrer zategnuti stringere 締める 단단히 죄다 aanhalen stramme zacisnąć apertar затягивать dra åt ทำให้แน่นหรือตึงขึ้น sıkılamak thắt chặt 弄紧

tighten

vt. apretar, ajustar.
References in classic literature ?
A quick movement of Tarzan's rope hand tightened the coil and when Numa slipped backward to the ground only his hind feet touched, for the ape-man held him swinging by the neck.
The next moment, craftily lifted up about the girth of his leg by an iron fork, the noose tightened and the bite of it sank home into his flesh and pride.
Stelling had a fixed opinion that all boys with any capacity could learn what it was the only regular thing to teach; if they were slow, the thumb-screw must be tightened,--the exercises must be insisted on with increased severity, and a page of Virgil be awarded as a penalty, to encourage and stimulate a too languid inclination to Latin verse.
Only when they passed the Marchioness, on the arm of one of the foreign guests in whose honor the reception was given, she seemed to shiver a little, and her grasp upon his arm was tightened.
After ten hopeless minutes of it, Daylight slipped off and tightened the martingale, whereupon Bob gave an exhibition of angelic goodness.
He slipped a dog collar around Pinocchio's neck and tightened it so that it would not come off.
The men rapidly picked out their horses in the semidarkness, tightened their saddle girths, and formed companies.
Then he thought he felt that hair twining round his fingers; and then, that it slid smoothly round his neck, and tightened and tightened, and he could not draw his breath; and then he thought voices whispered to him,--whispers that chilled him with horror.
Then, when he had worked Taug to such a pitch of foaming rage that the great bull fairly danced upon the bending limb beneath him, Tarzan's hand shot suddenly outward, a widening noose dropped swiftly through the air, there was a quick jerk as it settled about Taug, falling to his knees, a jerk that tightened it securely about the hairy legs of the anthropoid.
But to his surprise the rope tightened around his neck, shutting off his breath.
Her hand tightened round my arm, and she looked anxiously at the gate before us.
It suffocated them, and with eyes shut they tightened their grasp.