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verb tighten pronunciation in American English /ˈtaɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
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he/she/ittightens
present participletightening
past tensetightened
past participletightened

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    tighten

    or

    tighten up

    [transitive] to make a set of rules stricter or harder to avoid
    a bill that will tighten trading rules
    tighten control: The government wants to tighten its control on the press.
    1. a.
      to make an arrangement for guarding or protecting something more effectively
      Security at foreign consulates was tightened after the attack.

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