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English Dictionary: tighten by the DICT Development Group
2 results for tighten
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire" [syn: tighten, fasten]
  2. become tight or tighter; "The rope tightened"
  3. restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"
    Synonym(s): stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrain
  4. narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
    Synonym(s): reduce, tighten
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tighten \Tight"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tightened}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Tightening}.]
      To draw tighter; to straiten; to make more close in any
               Just where I please, with tightened rein I'll urge thee
               round the dusty plain.                           --Fawkes.
      {Tightening pulley} (Mach.), a pulley which rests, or is
            forced, against a driving belt to tighten it.
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