To turn the lid on a jar is an example of tighten.
To cut back on spending is an example of tighten a budget.
To tailor a shirt to fit more closely is an example of tighten.
The Fed is expected to tighten by a quarter-point.
Please tighten that screw a quarter-turn.
That joint is tightening as the wood dries.
If the government doesn't tighten the money supply, inflation is certain to be harsh.
Origin of tighten
- Old English tyhtan.