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Definition of toughen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toughen
    he / she / it toughens
    past simple toughened
    -ing form toughening
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] toughen (something) (up) to become or make something stronger, so that it is not easily cut, broken, etc. toughened glass
  2. 2[transitive] toughen something (up) to make something such as laws or rules stricter The government is considering toughening up the law on censorship.
  3. 3[transitive] toughen somebody (up) to make someone stronger and more able to deal with difficult situations His parents sent him away to school to toughen him up.
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