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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [tuhf-uh n]
    • /ˈtʌf ən/
    • /ˈtʌf.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tuhf-uh n]
    • /ˈtʌf ən/

Definitions of toughen word

  • transitive verb toughen reinforce, strengthen 1
  • verb toughen If you toughen something or if it toughens, you make it stronger so that it will not break easily. 0
  • verb toughen If a person, institution, or law toughens its policies, regulations, or punishments, it makes them firmer or stricter. 0
  • verb toughen Toughen up means the same as toughen. 0
  • verb toughen If an experience toughens you, it makes you stronger and more independent in character. 0
  • verb toughen to make or become tough or tougher 0

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Origin of toughen

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
First recorded in 1575-85; tough + -en1

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Parts of speech for Toughen


toughen popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

Synonyms for toughen

verb toughen

  • acclimate — When you acclimate or are acclimated to a new situation, place, or climate, you become used to it.
  • acclimatize — When you acclimatize or are acclimatized to a new situation, place, or climate, you become used to it.
  • anneal — to temper or toughen (something) by heat treatment
  • brace up — to call forth one's courage, resolution, etc., as after defeat or disappointment
  • braze — to decorate with, make like, or make of brass

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