toughen Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “toughen” in the English Dictionary

"toughen" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈtʌf.ən/

toughen verb (MAKE STRONG)

[T] to make something or someone ​tough, ​strong, or ​stronger: The UN ​announceditsintentions to toughen ​sanctions still ​further. The ​governmentwants to toughen (up) the ​existingdruglaws/​controls. His ​time in the ​armycertainly toughened him up. Car ​windows are usually made from toughened ​glass.

toughen verb (GET DIFFICULT)

[I] to ​becomedifficult to ​deal with: Amid toughening competition in the ​market, many ​firms are going out of ​business.
(Definition of toughen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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toughenverb [T]

 us   /ˈtʌf·ən/
to make someone or something ​tough, ​strong, or ​stronger: They’re going to toughen ​existingtrafficlaws.
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(Definition of toughen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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