Make or become tight or tighter: [with object]: he tightened up the clips central government has tightened control over local authority spending [no object]: his arms tightened around her
More example sentences
- However, even if the country tightens controls in this area, minors can still ask adult friends to buy them.
- In Germany, Italy and Belgium, tests are under way to see if the treatment can be used to tighten the upper arms.
- Nor will the administrators of these establishments be pushing drugs in order to tighten control.
secure, make fast, make more secure, screw up, give an extra turn toconsolidatetauten, make/draw taut, make/draw tight, stretch, strain, extend, make rigid, rigidify, stiffen, tenseconstrict, contract, brace, draw in, compress, screw up, pucker, purse; North Americansquinch
rare constringestiffen, toughen (up), heighten, escalate, scale up