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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


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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