Meaning of “coarsen” in the English Dictionary

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coarsenverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈkɔː.sən/ us /ˈkɔːr.sən/

Examples from literature

  • At any rate his agreeable voice had not coarsened. 
  • But labor has done nothing to coarsen the innate refinement of the soul which looks out of the fine old face. 
  • Heating steel at even moderate temperature is liable to coarsen the grain which can only be restored by forging or by heat treating. 
  • She grew stout, too, and unwieldy, and her skin coarsened from lack of care and overeating. 

(Definition of “coarsen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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