Tighten meaning

tītn
The definition of tighten is to make something more fixed in place, more constricted, or more snug.

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.

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To make or become tight or tighter.
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(economics) To raise short-term interest rates.

The Fed is expected to tighten by a quarter-point.

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To make or become tight or tighter.
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To make tighter.

Please tighten that screw a quarter-turn.

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(intransitive) To become tighter.

That joint is tightening as the wood dries.

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(economics) To make money harder to borrow or obtain.

If the government doesn't tighten the money supply, inflation is certain to be harsh.

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Origin of tighten

  • Old English tyhtan.

    From Wiktionary