Synonyms of tighten
1 closeDictionary • He answered by tightening his grip on her shoulder.
strengthen • Any experience can teach and strengthen you.
harden • Their action can only serve to harden the attitude of landowners.
, ease off
, let out
2 stretchDictionary • He flung his whole weight back, tightening the rope.
stretch • Make sure you don't stretch the pastry as you ease it into the corners.
strain • Several thousand supporters strained to catch a glimpse of the new president.
tense • His stomach muscles tensed.
stiffen • The blood supply to the skin is reduced when muscles stiffen.
3 fastenDictionary • I used my thumbnail to tighten the screw.
fasten • He fastened the door behind him.
secure • The frames are secured by horizontal rails to the back wall.
screw • I like the sort of shelving that you screw on the wall.
fix • Fix the photo to the card using double-sided tape
4 contractDictionary • Her throat had tightened and she couldn't speak.
contract • As we move our bodies, our muscles contract and relax.
narrow • This sign means that the road narrows on both sides.
constrict • Severe migraine can be treated with a drug which constricts the blood vessels.
5 purseDictionary • Martha tightened her lips and shook her head.
purse • She pursed her lips in disapproval.
pucker • She puckered her lips and kissed him on the nose.
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constrictIf a part of your body, especially your throat, is constricted or if it constricts, something causes it to become narrower.
• Severe migraine can be treated with a drug which constricts the blood vessels.
• As we move our bodies, our muscles contract and relax.
• He fastened the door behind him.
Thesaurus for tighten from the Collins English Thesaurus