Definition of 'tighten'
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The noose will then be gradually tightened. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She wants to tighten crazy gun laws and has an ambitious scheme to make university more affordable. The Sun (2016)Beijing has tightened controls on moving money abroad, with a limit of $50,000 a year. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Those who worry about fiscal tightening think public sector support has to be there for years. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The muscles of the face and neck are tightened and fat removed. The Sun (2006)His jaw tightened as he considered how greatly he enjoyed her company. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEOfficials carried out the investigation to help the government decide how to tighten up immigration procedures. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They are tightening up controls on tax here much more now. Times, Sunday Times (2006)These changes will tighten up the law. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Perhaps the minister should be praised for tightening the regime? Times, Sunday Times (2011)Press your head backwards to tighten your neck and then relax. Coping with Bulimia (1987)He tightened his jaw and forced himself to relax. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEMadrid tightened immigration controls to stem the tide. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The laws must be tightened to allow proper pressure to be brought to bear on miscreants. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The drug regime has been tightened to such an extent that drugs can only be administered by staff in pairs. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But don't leave go and be prepared to tighten your grip if there is another wriggle. Good Habits, Bad Habits (1994)When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Just the thought of it makes my eyes sting and my throat tighten'. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Would it be about tightening policy or loosening, that sort of thing. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The anchorman flung his whole weight back, tightening the throw rope. A Time of War (1993)My throat tightened with fear. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It's about tightening my game. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The skipper was instrumental as his second-placed side took Blackpool apart to tighten their grip on an automatic spot. The Sun (2012)
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Translations for 'tighten'
British English: tighten /ˈtaɪtn/ VERB
If you tighten your grip on something, or if your grip on something tightens, you hold it more firmly or securely.
I could feel him tighten his grip on the stick.
- American English: tighten
- Arabic: يُضَيِّقُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: apertar
- Chinese: 弄紧
- Croatian: zategnuti
- Czech: zesílit stisk
- Danish: stramme
- Dutch: aanhalen verstevigen
- European Spanish: apretar tornillos
- Finnish: kiristää tiukentaa
- French: serrer
- German: festziehen
- Greek: σφίγγω
- Italian: stringere
- Japanese: 締める
- Korean: 단단히 죄다
- Norwegian: stramme
- Polish: zacisnąć
- European Portuguese: apertar
- Romanian: a strânge
- Russian: затягивать
- Spanish: apretar
- Swedish: dra åt skruva hårdare
- Thai: ทำให้แน่นหรือตึงขึ้น
- Turkish: sıkılamak
- Ukrainian: стискати(ся)
- Vietnamese: thắt chặt
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