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verb as in harden


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Democrats and Republicans did not manage to advance some of their most ambitious proposals, including efforts to toughen antitrust laws and hold social-media sites more directly accountable for their content-moderation practices.

That experience and others like it convinced him of the need for a statute that explicitly outlaws domestic terrorism and toughens the government’s ability to prosecute it.

Still, county officials agreed with the neighbors’ concerns and decided to toughen the county policy for new large cemeteries to account for water-quality hazards.

When the NFL toughened its protocols recently, teams were told that all meetings should be conducted remotely and any in-person meetings should be outdoors.

The Ravens’ issues came as the NFL further toughened its coronavirus protocols.

Philip has never been given to displays of emotion, and saw his role as a father to ‘toughen up’ his sons.

Others have disagreed, claiming that the Super PAC onslaught will simply toughen him up for the even bloodier battle ahead.

The African-American community wants Obama to toughen up and fight back.

Valdes-Rodriguez is dating a New Mexico cowpoke who is attempting to toughen up her son.

Perhaps they are planning to toughen up the bill, not in the shadows of committee but in the sunshine of open debate.

I must be generous, and I know your conscience will be tender a long time, if something is not done to toughen it.

I'm not at all sure that humanity oughtn't to be hackled like weeds, and so toughen its hold on life.

We'll change your metabolism, your endocrine balance, toughen your muscle fibers a thousandfold.

I am that garden variety, and it took the exercising of many heart interests to toughen my cardiac organ.

To ensure the latter, anything that would toughen the gluten must be avoided.

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On this page you'll find 28 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to toughen, such as: strengthen, acclimate, acclimatize, anneal, brutalize, and develop.

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