HyperDic: stiffen

English > 3 senses of the word stiffen:
VERBchangestiffenbecome stiff or stiffer
changestiffenmake stiff or stiffer
changestiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrainrestrict
stiffen > pronunciation
Soundsstih'fahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > stiffen: 3 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningBecome stiff or stiffer.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"
Caused bystiffenmake stiff or stiffer
NarrowerrigidifyBecome rigid / rigid
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Oppositeloosen, relax, looseBecome loose or looser or less tight / tight / tight / tight
Spanishagarrotarse, atiesar
Catalanencallir-se, encartonar-se, endurir-se, endurir, enfortir-se, engarrotar-se, enravenar, tibar
Nounsstiffeningthe act of becoming stiff
English > stiffen: 3 senses > verb 2, change
Meaningmake stiff or stiffer.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"
Cause tostiffenBecome stiff or stiffer
Narrowerbuckramstiffen with or as with buckram
rigidify, ossify, petrifymake rigid / rigid / rigid and set into a conventional pattern
starchstiffen with starch
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositeloosen, loosemake loose or looser
Spanishagarrotar, atiesar, endurecer
Catalanencallir-se, encartonar-se, endurir-se, endurir, enfortir-se, engarrotar-se, enravenar
Nounsstiffenermaterial used for stiffening something
stiffeningthe process of becoming stiff or rigid
English > stiffen: 3 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningrestrict.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example "stiffen the regulations"
Synonymstighten, tighten up, constrain
Broaderrestrict, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleplace limits on (extent or access)
Spanishconstreñirse, constreñir, endurecerse, endurecer, restringir
Catalanendurir-se, enrigidir-se

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