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toughen

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtoughentough‧en /ˈtʌfən/ (also toughen up) verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 HARDSTRONG PERSONto become tougher, or to make someone or something tougher 🔊 toughened glass 🔊 Three years in the army toughened him up.→ See Verb table
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toughenThe schools claimed to toughen boys, and they did.The state is toughening its anti-smoking laws.Governor Bush has made his mark building prisons, toughening laws on juvenile crime and calling for lower property taxes.Even better would be cake flour, which contains even less of those toughening proteins, she said.Just the opposite is true with cake, muffin or quick-bread recipes where too much gluten will toughen the finished product.Both conservatives and Communists have simply toughened their attitude to the government.Thus, cotton consists of cellulose; and so does wood, though wood is toughened with lignin.
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Verb table
toughen
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytoughen
he, she, ittoughens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theytoughened
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave toughened
he, she, ithas toughened
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad toughened
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill toughen
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have toughened
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam toughening
he, she, itis toughening
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you, we, theyare toughening
Past
I, he, she, itwas toughening
you, we, theywere toughening
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been toughening
he, she, ithas been toughening
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been toughening
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be toughening
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been toughening
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