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, fastenverb

    make tight or tighter

    "Tighten the wire"

  2. tightenverb

    become tight or tighter

    "The rope tightened"

  3. stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrainverb

    restrict

    "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"

  4. reduce, tightenverb

    narrow or limit

    "reduce the influx of foreigners"

Wiktionary

  1. tightenverb

    To make tighter.

    Please tighten that screw a quarter-turn.

  2. tightenverb

    To become tighter.

    That joint is tightening as the wood dries.

  3. tightenverb

    To make money harder to borrow or obtain.

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

  4. tightenverb

    To raise short-term interest rates.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tightenverb

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

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce tighten?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  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. Thomas Costerg:

    Even with stronger U.S. data, I don't think the Fed will tighten policy. It has already been anxious about the global picture, it is increasingly behaving like the central bank of the world, and it will likely remain really worried about what it means for the EU.

  2. Jeff King:

    Father Josiah Trenham said. The incident took place on April 12, some four months after a terror attack left 14 dead in nearby San Bernardino, and just over three months before a French priest was killed by ISIS-linked jihadists in his church. The events, whether far or near, underscore a grim new reality for pastors such as Father Josiah Trenham : Instead of offering sanctuary from evil, churches could in fact be attractive targets for terror. Many churches are now hiring self-defense instructors for classes or security guards that include off-duty police, said Ryan Mauro, a professor of Homeland Security at Liberty University and national security analyst for the Clarion Project. If you are an Islamist terrorist seeking self-glory, executing a priest will bring you more attention than executing an average civilian. While no lethal terror attacks have occurred inside a U.S. church to date, experts like Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, notes the threat tally is growing. I'm pretty sure there will be attacks in the future, until [ radical Islam is defeated ], we can expect Christians, including in the West, to rationally tighten security measures and try to protect themselves from attack. In February, Khial Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., was arrested after Khial Abu-Rayyan told an undercover The FBI agent Khial Abu-Rayyan was preparing to shoot up a major church near Khial Abu-Rayyan home on behalf of ISIS. A month earlier, the Rev. Roger Spradlin of Valley Baptist Church – one of the biggest congregations in Bakersfield, Calif. – told attendees that they had received a threat written in Arabic. Undercover officers were then placed during worship services.

  3. 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.

  4. President Kenyatta:

    I will lead a national coordinated effort ... to reverse perverse incentives that lead to corruption, close the loopholes that dishonest officials use to steal and to tighten our legislation work.

  5. Andrew Miller:

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

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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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