[ US /ˈtəfən/ ]
[ UK /tˈʌfən/ ]
  1. make tough or tougher
    This experience will toughen her
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How To Use toughen In A Sentence

  • He had to toughen his skin against constant and vile abuse. The Sun
  • Mineral filled, toughened, lubricated polybutylene terephthalate resin for injection moldingsurface aesthetics.
  • And Leeds North West Labour MP Harold Best also believes there is a case for toughening the rules.
  • These include the Government's proposal that an extra sub-clause be added to the chapter on provincial legislation in an effort to toughen laws in that area. ANC Daily News Briefing
  • And those who are admonishing us to harden up, toughen up, I think we need to listen to that.
  • Eventually, the skin will "toughen," and your child won't feel as much discomfort. Pediatric surgery: Central Line/Subcutaneous Port
  • The gold medallist, who has blubbed several times, insisted she had toughened up. The Sun
  • Their attitude to public money must toughen up. The Sun
  • The Home Office confirmed that provisions to toughen the gun laws could be added to the Criminal Justice and Sentencing Bill currently before Parliament.
  • Alternately, the Democratic leadership could add in key Democratic priorities, such as toughened financial regulations, bankruptcy law reforms helping homeowners prevent foreclosure, direct government aid to mortgagees, a tax on the financial industry to pay for the bailout, and the job-creating $60 billion economic stimulus / infrastructure spending package the House passed a few days ago. Suburban Guerrilla
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