tight Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “tight” in the English Dictionary

"tight" in British English

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tightadjective, adverb

uk   us   /taɪt/
B2 (​held or ​kept together) ​firmly or ​closely: I can't ​untie the ​knot - it's too tight. This ​lid is on very tight. The ​peoplestoodtalking in tight ​groups. Hold on tight when we go around the ​corner. Check that ​windows and ​doors are ​shut tight (= ​completelyclosed) before you ​leave. The ​plasticcover was ​stretched tight (= ​stretched as much as it could be)across the ​tank.
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tight adjective (UNCOMFORTABLE)

B1 Clothes or ​shoes that are tight ​fit the ​body too ​closely and are ​uncomfortable: That jacket's too tight - you need a ​biggersize. If you have a tight ​feeling in ​yourchest you have an ​uncomfortablefeeling of ​pressure, ​caused by ​illness, ​fear, etc.

tight adjective (LIMITING)

B2 Controls or ​rules that are tight are ​ones that ​severelylimit what can ​happen: tight ​security

tight adjective (NOT MUCH)

B2 If ​time or ​money is tight, there is only just enough of it: I'm ​sorry I can't ​stay for a ​chat, time's really tight. They're ​raising three ​kids on one ​smallsalary so ​money is very tight.

tight adjective (NOT GENEROUS)

informal disapproving →  tight-fisted

tight adjective (DRUNK)

old-fashioned informal having ​drunk too much ​alcohol: Jim, you're tight!

tight adjective (RELATIONSHIP)

informal If two ​people are tight, they ​know each other very well and like each other a lot: The two of them were ​pretty tight at ​school.
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈtaɪt.nəs/
(Definition of tight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tight" in American English

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tightadjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /tɑɪt/

tight adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (FIRMLY TOGETHER)

(​held or ​kept together) ​firmly or ​closely: You have to ​wrap the ​bandage tight enough so that it really ​supportsyourankle. Make ​sure the ​door is ​shut tight (= ​completelyclosed) before you ​leave. Clothes that are tight ​fit the ​bodyclosely, sometimes so ​closely that they are ​uncomfortable: She ​wore a tight ​blackskirt. These ​shoesfeel a ​bit tight. If you say about two ​people that they are tight, you ​mean they are ​closefriends.


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tight adjective (LIMITED)

[-er/-est only] (esp. of ​time or ​money) ​available in ​limitedamounts: Arnold has a very tight ​schedule today and I don’t ​know if he can ​see you. We’re on a tight ​budget and can’t ​afford to ​eat out much. Parking is very tight on ​weekdays around here.

tight adjective (CONTROLLED)

stronglycontrolled: Security was tight at the ​meeting between the two ​leaders.

tight adjective (DIFFICULT)

(of ​situations) ​difficult or hard to ​deal with: We were in a tight ​financialsituation. I was in a tight ​spot (= ​difficultsituation) and wasn’t ​sure what I should do. In a ​competition, tight ​meansclose, with the competitors ​almosteven: He was ​involved in a very tight ​race for ​governor.
(Definition of tight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tight" in Business English

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uk   us   /taɪt/
GOVERNMENT, LAW controlled very carefully: tight controls/security/restrictions The ​talks were ​held amid tight ​security in London.
FINANCE, MANAGEMENT if ​money or ​time is tight, there is only just enough of it: Finances are tight and no university has spare ​cash.tight budget/deadline/schedule We're ​working to a very tight ​schedule.
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE if there is a tight ​market, there is not as much of something ​available as is wanted or needed: They should not ​restrict so much ​land in an already tight and ​overpricedhousingmarket. A tight ​labormarket is an employer's nightmare.
keep a tight rein on sth to ​control something, especially ​spending, in a very careful way: The ​chancellor was urged to ​keep a tight ​rein on ​publicfinances.
(Definition of tight from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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