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- (transitive) To make tighter.
- Please tighten that screw a quarter-turn.
- 1760, Francis Fawkes, Works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus, and Musæus translated into English by a gentleman of Cambridge
- Just where I please, with tighten;d rein / I'll urge thee round the dusty plain.
- (intransitive) To become tighter.
- That joint is tightening as the wood dries.
- (economics) To make money harder to borrow or obtain.
- If the government doesn't tighten the money supply, inflation is certain to be harsh.
- (economics) To raise short-term interest rates.
- The Fed is expected to tighten by a quarter-point.
- (make tighter): loosen
to make tighter
to become tighter