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tight·en

tighten

 
 
pronunciation:
taI tn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: tightens, tightening, tightened
definition: to make or become tight.
She tightened the knot so it would stay tied.
antonyms:
loosen, relax
similar words:
contract, set, strain, tense
derivation: tightener (n.)
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The word tighten contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.