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English definition of “harden”


verb [I or T] (SEVERE)    /ˈhɑː.dən/ US  /ˈhɑːr-/
to become more severe, determined, or unpleasant: Living rough in the desert hardened the recruits a lot (= made them stronger). As the war progressed, attitudes on both sides hardened (= became more severe and determined).Becoming and making stronger hardening     /-ɪŋ/ noun [U or S] There has been a hardening of government policy since the invasion.Hard and firm
(Definition of harden verb (SEVERE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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