Associations to the word «Tighten»


TIGHTEN, verb. (transitive) To make tighter.
TIGHTEN, verb. (intransitive) To become tighter.
TIGHTEN, verb. (economics) To make money harder to borrow or obtain.
TIGHTEN, verb. (economics) To raise short-term interest rates.
TIGHTEN ONE'S BELT, verb. (idiomatic) To be more frugal. To make difficult economic savings due to a lowering of expected income.
TIGHTEN THE PURSE STRINGS, verb. (idiomatic) (colloquial) To decrease spending or disallow increased spending; to increase control of spending.

Dictionary definition

TIGHTEN, verb. Make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire".
TIGHTEN, verb. Become tight or tighter; "The rope tightened".
TIGHTEN, verb. Restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations".
TIGHTEN, verb. Narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners".

Wise words

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