see also: Harden
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈhɑɹdn̩/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhɑːdn̩/

harden (hardens, present participle hardening; past and past participle hardened)

  1. (intransitive) To become hard (tough, resistant to pressure).
  2. (transitive, ergative) To make something hard or harder (tough, resistant to pressure).
  3. (transitive, figurative) To strengthen.
  4. (transitive, computing) To modify (a website or other system) to make it resistant to malicious attacks.
  5. (ambitransitive, dated) To become or make (a person or thing) resistant or less sensitive.
    Synonyms: inure
    • KJV, Exodus 4:21
      When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
  6. (ambitransitive, phonology) To become or make (a consonant) more fortis.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: ожесточиться


  1. Alternative form of hurden#English|hurden (“coarse linen”)

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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