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What is another word for tightens?

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To make (or become) tight or taut
“A detail of eight men would tighten the rope as much as they could, and then they would mount a cable jack on it.”
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To make fast or more secure
“Hold both trim pieces tight to the door with one hand as you tighten the screws with the other.”
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To reinforce or make stronger
“He struggled to tighten his grip on his gun and focus his eyes.”
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To constrict or make or become narrower
“Once any weight was put into the bag, the top opening would tighten up and make it hard to get anything into the bag unless we took it down from the hook.”
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To make more strict or stringent
“Mr. Chairman, as you know, in this committee as well as in other committees, efforts have been made to tighten security on Capitol Hill.”
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To draw or make tight or taut
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To reduce in size, especially through the application of pressure
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To condense or conflate so as to occupy less space or time
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To make improvements to
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To decrease in size, number, or range
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To make adjustments to (an engine) in order to improve its performance
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To revise or improve a piece of work
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To twist or turn, especially in order to fix something firmly
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To fix securely or tightly
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To make or become rigidly fixed or immovable
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To pull or elongate a stretchable object
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To squeeze together
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To grasp (something) tightly and firmly
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To (excessively) exert for a particular task, purpose or goal
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To decrease in amount or degree
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