AskDefine | Define tighten

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1 make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire" [syn: fasten]
2 become tight or tighter; "The rope tightened"
3 restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations" [syn: stiffen, tighten up, constrain]
4 narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners" [syn: reduce]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. To make tighter.
    Please tighten that screw a quarter-turn.
  2. To become tighter.
    That joint is tightening as the wood dries.
  3. To make money harder to borrow or obtain.
    If the government doesn't tighten the money supply, inflation is certain to be harsh.
  4. To raise short-term interest rates.
    The Fed is expected to tighten by a quarter-point.

Related terms


to make tighter
to become tighter
to make money harder to obtain
to raise interest rate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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