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verb tighten pronunciation in British English /ˈtaɪt(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletightening
past tensetightened
past participletightened
present tense
I/you/we/theytighten up
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or tighten up tighten pronunciation in British English

  1. 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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