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verb tighten pronunciation in British English /ˈtaɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytighten
he/she/ittightens
present participletightening
past tensetightened
past participletightened
present tense
I/you/we/theytighten up

or tighten up tighten pronunciation in British English

  1. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a muscle or a part of your body tightens, or if you tighten it, it becomes hard and stiff, often because you are angry or afraid
    Her stomach tightened, anticipating the fight that was to come.
  2. 5
    [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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