What is the meaning of hardened?


  • Become hard or harder.
    • usage: "The wax hardened"
  • Make hard or harder.
    • usage: "The cold hardened the butter"
  • Harden by reheating and cooling in oil.
    • usage: "temper steel"
  • Make fit.
    • usage: "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"
  • Cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate.
    • usage: "He was inured to the cold"


  • Used of persons; emotionally hardened.
    • usage: "faced a case-hardened judge"
  • Made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment.
    • usage: "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass"
  • Protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons. )
    • usage: "hardened missile silos"
  • Made tough by habitual exposure."hardened fishermen"; "a peasant, dark, lean-faced, wind-inured- Robert Lynd; "our successors... May be graver, more inured and equable men- V. S. Pritchett
  • Converted to solid form (as concrete. ).
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