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English definition of “harden”

harden

verb [I]     /ˈhɑːdən/ UK FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
if prices or share prices harden, they increase: If the oil price hardens this week and remains high, there will be some effect on fuel prices by the end of this week. The pharmaceuticals company hardened 33p at £26.07 on speculation of predatory interest from a Swiss firm.
(Definition of harden verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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