[ verb ] make tight or tighter
"Tighten the wire"
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
The child should then bring both legs together overhead , point the toes and tighten the seat muscles .(Sallie Bingham, "Moving Day," The Atlantic...)
He was standing in_front_of the mirror , tightening his tie .(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)
She showed her surprise by tightening the reins and moving the gelding around so that she could get a better look at his face .
[ verb ] restrict
"Tighten the rules" "stiffen the regulations"
Used in print(Los Angeles Times,...)
The economist does not look_for a drastic switch in the budget during this recovery and believes it `` even more unlikely that the Federal_Reserve will aggressively tighten monetary policy in the early phases of the upturn as was the case in 1958 '' .