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?

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  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. Eric Schmidt:

    What we do is, we match ads and the content, but because we source the ads from everywhere, every once in a while somebody gets underneath the algorithm and they put in something that doesn’t match, we’ve had to tighten our policies and actually increase our manual review time and so I think we’re going to be okay.

  2. Joe Biden:

    We can prioritize either ideological purity or inclusive victory, we can either call people names online or we can call them into our movement. We can either tighten a narrow and hardcore base or open the tent to a new, broad, big-hearted American coalition.

  3. Lou Jacobson:

    The race will tighten when Democrats pick their nominee, as the race sharpens, Democrats will come home. Hogan is certainly in good shape, especially in Maryland. But it’s going to be a close contest.

  4. Tim Don:

    The doctor said,' It's going to give you the best chance to get back to an active lifestyle and, hopefully, racing professionally again.' they literally get four titanium screws and a torque wrench and tighten them into your skull with just a local anesthetic. Every time a screw comes loose, they screw it deeper into your skull. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy.

  5. Amrita Sen:

    If markets don't tighten as quickly as people are expecting, the sell-off can be large.

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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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