Definition of tauten in US English:

tauten

verb

  • 1Make or become tight or tense.

    with object ‘masks tauten and cleanse the complete face’
    no object ‘they stand straighter, their muscles tauten’
    1. 1.1with object Make (writing, music, etc.) more concise and controlled.
      ‘apprenticeship as a reporter pared and tautened his prose’

Pronunciation

tauten

/ˈtɔt(ə)n//ˈtôt(ə)n/