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English verb: stiffen

1. stiffen (change) become stiff or stiffer


SamplesHe stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)rigidify


Antonymsrelax, loose, loosen

2. stiffen (change) make stiff or stiffer


SamplesStiffen the cream by adding gelatine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)buckram, ossify, petrify, rigidify, starch


Causestiffen


Antonymsloosen, loose

3. stiffen (change) restrict


SamplesTighten the rules.
Stiffen the regulations.


Synonymsconstrain, tighten, tighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel









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