What does tighten mean?

Definitions for tighten
ˈtaɪt ntight·en

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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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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. Adam Longson in a note:

    Intentional efforts to build or sell out government stockpiles that are not available to the market, nor included in demand figures, could help tighten the balance beyond headline implied stock changes, the worst of the price fall could now be behind us.

  3. Leon Rodriguez:

    A lot of this really depends on how this actually translates in the field, i think this could be seen as some mild tightening to sort of incrementally tighten the process, but depending on how this is taken in the field, it could amount to a drastic tightening.

  4. Kathy Lien:

    We never expected the Fed to tighten next month but we were hoping that they would set the stage for a move in September. however if data continues to miss, they may refrain from signalling a change in monetary policy three months forward.

  5. Timothy Naimi:

    I think one of the implications for the broader society is that currently our controls on television advertising for alcohol are minimal and they're self-regulatory, so I think we should definitely tighten up that some.

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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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