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Meaning of HARDEN

Pronunciation:  'hârdn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate; "He was inured to the cold"
  2. [v]  make fit; "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"
  3. [v]  harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel"
  4. [v]  become hard or harder; "The wax hardened"
  5. [v]  make hard or harder; "The cold hardened the butter"

HARDEN is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: indurate, inure, season, temper
 Antonyms: soften
 See Also: accustom, brace oneself for, calcify, callous, callus, cauterise, cauterize, change, encrust, face-harden, habituate, incrust, modify, prepare for, steel oneself against, steel onself for, toughen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hard"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hardened}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Hardening}.] [OE. hardnen, hardenen.]
    1. To make hard or harder; to make firm or compact; to
       indurate; as, to harden clay or iron.
    2. To accustom by labor or suffering to endure with
       constancy; to strengthen; to stiffen; to inure; also, to
       confirm in wickedness or shame; to make unimpressionable.
       ``Harden not your heart.'' --Ps. xcv. 8.
             I would harden myself in sorrow.      --Job vi. 10.
  2. \Hard"en\, v. i.
    1. To become hard or harder; to acquire solidity, or more
       compactness; as, mortar hardens by drying.
             The deliberate judgment of those who knew him [A.
             Lincoln] has hardened into tradition. --The Century.
    2. To become confirmed or strengthened, in either a good or a
       bad sense.
             They, hardened more by what might most reclaim.
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