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Meaning of “tighten” in the English Dictionary

"tighten" in British English

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tightenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈtaɪ.tən/
B2 to ​becometighter or to make something ​becometighter, ​firmer, or less ​easy to ​move: Tighten the ​straps so they don't ​rub. As he ​struggled, the ​ropes tightened ​even more.

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

"tighten" in American English

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tightenverb

 us   /ˈtɑɪt·ən/
  • tighten verb (CONTROL)

[T] to ​stronglycontrol something: Security was tightened at US ​embassies around the ​world. The ​government moved to tighten the ​rules on ​toxicsubstances in the ​air. [M] Our ​team will have to tighten up ​itsdefense if we ​want to ​win.
  • tighten verb (LIMIT)

[T] to make something less ​easilyavailable: The ​governmentplans to tighten ​credit and ​slow the ​growth of the ​moneysupply.
  • tighten verb (MAKE FIRMER)

[I/T] to make something ​tighter, ​firmer, or less ​easy to move: [T] You’ve got to tighten the ​laces of ​youriceskates. [I] His ​arms tightened around her.
(Definition of tighten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tighten" in Business English

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tightenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈtaɪtən/
(also tighten up) GOVERNMENT, LAW to make a ​rule, ​system, or ​lawstronger and more difficult to ignore: tighten controls/rules/regulation There were ​renewedcalls to tighten ​controls on ​importedproducts.
ECONOMICS, FINANCE limiting the ​amount of ​money that ​people and ​companies are able to ​borrow or ​spend, for ​example, by ​increasinginterestrates: Central ​banks were expected to ​respond by tightening ​monetarypolicy.
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE if a ​market tightens, there becomes less of something ​available than is wanted or needed: The ​globalmarket for nurses is tightening.
tighten your belt to ​spend less ​money than usual for a ​period of ​time because you do not have as much ​money: The ​majorsupermarkets have ​started a ​pricewar as ​customers tighten their belts.
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(Definition of tighten from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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