What does tighten mean?

Definitions for tighten
ˈtaɪt ntight·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tighten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tighten, fasten(verb)

    make tight or tighter

    "Tighten the wire"

  2. tighten(verb)

    become tight or tighter

    "The rope tightened"

  3. stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrain(verb)


    "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"

  4. reduce, tighten(verb)

    narrow or limit

    "reduce the influx of foreigners"


  1. tighten(Verb)

    To make tighter.

    Please tighten that screw a quarter-turn.

  2. tighten(Verb)

    To become tighter.

    That joint is tightening as the wood dries.

  3. tighten(Verb)

    To make money harder to borrow or obtain.

    If the government doesn't tighten the money supply, inflation is certain to be harsh.

  4. tighten(Verb)

    To raise short-term interest rates.

    The Fed is expected to tighten by a quarter-point.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tighten(verb)

    to draw tighter; to straiten; to make more close in any manner

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tighten' in Verbs Frequency: #858

How to pronounce tighten?

  1. Alex
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How to say tighten in sign language?

  1. tighten


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tighten in a Sentence

  1. Yellen Fed:

    Financial conditions could tighten.

  2. Japanese Proverb:

    After victory, tighten your helmet chord.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    To cut and tighten sentences is the secret of mastery.

  4. Andrew Miller:

    Don't just buy one in a store and tighten it as tight as you can.

  5. Ewa Moncure:

    You tighten a law in one country, another route swells up elsewhere.

Images & Illustrations of tighten

  1. tighten

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Translations for tighten

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  • utáhnout, dotáhnoutCzech
  • σφίγγωGreek
  • tensarse, tensarSpanish
  • kiristää, tiukentua, tiukentaa, kiristyä, korottaaFinnish
  • resserrer, taux, serrer, se resserrerFrench
  • dlúthaighIrish
  • feszülHungarian
  • stringereItalian
  • zacieśniać, zacieśniać sięPolish
  • strângeRomanian
  • затя́гивать, натяну́ться, затяну́ть, затя́гиваться, затяну́ться, натя́гивать, натяну́ть, натя́гиватьсяRussian
  • shtrëngojAlbanian

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