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stiffen

US [ˈstɪf(ə)n]
UK ['stɪf(ə)n]
  • v.(尤指因气愤或害怕,使浑身或身体的一部分)变僵硬;难以活动
  • Web使僵硬;加强;变硬
Simple Present:stiffens  Present Participle:stiffening  Past Tense:stiffened  
stiffen
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v.
1.
[i][t]
(尤指因气愤或害怕,使浑身或身体的一部分)变僵硬,变僵直,绷紧to make yourself or part of your body firm, straight and still, especially because you are angry or frightened
She stiffened with fear.
她吓呆了。
I stiffened my back and faced him.
我挺直了腰杆面对着他。
2.
[i][t]
(使)难以弯曲,难以活动,发僵to become, or to make sth become, difficult to bend or move
My muscles had stiffened up after the climb.
爬上去以后我两腿都发僵了。
stiffened muscles
发僵的肌肉
3.
[t][i]
~ (sth)
(使)变强硬,变坚定to make an attitude or idea stronger or more powerful; to become stronger
The threat of punishment has only stiffened their resolve(= made them even more determined to do sth) .
惩罚的威胁益发坚定了他们的决心。
4.
[t]
~ sth (with sth)
使硬挺to make sth, such as cloth, firm and unable to bend

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