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American English: /ˈhɑrdn/
British English: /ˈhɑːd(ə)n/

Translation of harden in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (make hard)
    Example sentences
    • As the crystals form connections, the concrete stiffens, hardens, and gains strength.
    • These are essential for keeping fat and water dispersed evenly in an emulsion, and then binding the free water after freezing and hardening so ice crystal formation is negligible.
    • The glue-on patches have been just as ineffective, with most failures coming when the glue hardens and cracks and the patch peels away.
  • 2 (make tough, unfeeling)
    to harden somebody to something
    acostumbrar a alguien a algo
    to harden one's heartyou must harden your heart and tell him to go
    tienes que hacerte fuerte y decirle que se vaya
    Example sentences
    • They'll trumpet their exemplar's views when he says too much gothic severity hardens the heart, but probably don't care to publicise such statements as this.
    • A glut of sob stories, short memories and disenchantment over aid funds will create a backlash that hardens people's hearts toward tragedy.
    • The opening line was, ‘Immigration, it seems, hardens hearts and softens brains like few other issues’.
    Example sentences
    • The spectacle has now hardened into tradition.
    • The country has long since hardened into its own shape, and whether it holds together or breaks into pieces is largely up to the Iraqis who now have it in their hands.
    • He wasn't terribly popular in our part of the constituency and rumours, some of which have hardened into allegations, abounded.
  • 3 (confirm, stiffen)
    recent events have hardened political divisions
    los últimos acontecimientos han hecho más pronunciadas las divisiones políticas

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (become hard, set)
    1.2 (become tough, unfeeling)
    1.3 (become rigid, cold)
    1.4 (become inflexible, fixed)
    volverse inflexible
    he hardened in his resolve to …
    se afianzó en su decisión de …
  • 2 (Finance) 2.1 (increase in value)
    Example sentences
    • Trade has kept pretty steady over the past week, with lamb prices hardening in response to smaller numbers on the market.
    • Goldman Sachs believes oil prices are continuing to harden and that buying at $55 per barrel forward offers huge potential gains to investors.
    • He said ‘As the prospects of a bumper EU harvest fade rapidly due to adverse weather conditions, market prices for grain will harden.’
    2.2 (stabilize)

Phrasal verbs

harden off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(inure to cold)
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