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Definition 1: become stiff or stiffer - [verb of change]

Samples where stiffen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room

(stiffen is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of stiffen ) become rigid

"The body rigidified"

Definition 2: make stiff or stiffer - [verb of change]

Samples where stiffen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine

(stiffen is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of stiffen ) stiffen with starch

"starch clothes"

(... is a kind of stiffen ) stiffen with or as with buckram

"buckram the skirt"

(... is a kind of stiffen ) make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

"rigidify the training schedule" "ossified teaching methods" "slogans petrify our thinking"

(stiffen causes ...) become stiff or stiffer

"He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"

Definition 3: severely restrict in scope or extent - [verb of change]

Samples where stiffen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tighten the rules
  • stiffen the regulations

Synonyms for stiffen in the sense of this definition

(stiffen is a kind of ...) place limits on (extent or amount or access)

"restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

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