harden hard∙en verb 1. to become or make sth become firm, stiff or solid • (使)变硬,硬化: ▪ [V]
»The varnish takes a few hours to harden.
▪ [VN]
»a method for hardening and preserving wood
2. if your voice, face, etc. hardens, or you harden it, it becomes more serious or severe • (使声音、面孔等)更严肃,更严厉: ▪ [V]
»Her face hardened into an expression of hatred.
▪ [VN]
»He hardened his voice when he saw she wasnˈt listening.
3. if sbˈs feelings or attitudes harden or sb / sth hardens them, they become more fixed and determined • (使)更坚定,更强硬: ▪ [V]
»Public attitudes to the strike have hardened.
»Their suspicions hardened into certainty.
▪ [VN]
»The incident hardened her resolve to leave the company.
4. [VN] [usually passive] to make sb less kind or less affected by extreme situations • 使变得无情;使不被打动:
»Joe sounded different, hardened by the war.
»They were hardened criminals (= they showed no regret for their crimes).
»In this job you have to harden your heart to pain and suffering.
hard∙en∙ing noun [U, sing.] :
»hardening of the arteries
»a hardening of attitudes towards one-parent families
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哈登(姓氏 Sir Arthur, 1865 -1940, 英國化學家, 曾獲1929年諾貝爾化學獎)

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