Etymology
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tauten (v.)

"to make taut," 1814, from taut + -en (1). Intransitive meaning "become taut" is from 1849. Related: Tautened; tautening.

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Definitions of tauten

tauten (v.)
become taut or tauter;
the rope tautened
Synonyms: firm
tauten (v.)
make taut or tauter;
tauten a rope
Synonyms: firm
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