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Type: adjective
Pronunciation: ˈtīt
- having elements close together
- so close in structure as to prevent passage or escape (as of liquid, gas, or light)
- fitting very close to the body
- too snug
- closely packed very full
- barely allowing time for completion
- allowing little or no room for free motion or movement
- having a small radius
- strongly fixed or held
- not slack or loose
- marked by firmness and muscle tone
- marked by unusual tension (as in the face or body)
- difficult to cope with
- relatively difficult to obtain
- characterized by such difficulty
- not liberal in giving
- characterized by little difference in the relative positions of contestants with respect to final outcome
- somewhat drunk
- characterized by firmness or strictness in control or application or in attention to details
- marked by control or discipline in expression or style having little or no extraneous matter
- characterized by a polished style and precise arrangements in music performance
- having a close personal or working relationship
- being such that the subject fills the frame

Type: adverb
- in a sound manner

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Definition: not allowing penetration (as by gas, liquid, or light)
Example: the lid forms a tight seal with the canister that will keep the spices fresh
Synonyms: impenetrable, impermeable, impervious
Related: close, compact, dense, snug, thick; airtight, hermetic (also hermetical), leakproof, watertight; lightproof, soundproof, waterproof

Definition: firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge
Example: a tight screw that won't come loose
Synonyms: fast, firm, frozen, jammed, lodged, set, snug, stuck, wedged
Related: bonded, cemented, glued; anchored, clamped; embedded (also imbedded), entrenched (also intrenched), impacted, implanted; attached, bound, fastened, secured; immovable, unyielding

Definition: giving or sharing as little as possible
Example: is fairly tight with his money
Synonyms: cheap, chintzy, close, closefisted, mean, mingy, miserly, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, pinching, pinchpenny, spare, sparing, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous
Related: careful, chary, conserving, economical, economizing, frugal, saving, scrimping, skimping, thrifty; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, greedy, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious, selfish, shabby, small, sordid; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentful; inhospitable

Definition: having little space between items or parts
Example: the traffic on the freeway was so tight we couldn't get over to the exit we wanted
Synonyms: compact, crowded, dense, jam-packed, packed, serried, thick, tight
Related: crammed, jammed, overcrowded; crushed, massed, pressed, squeezed, wall-to-wall; airtight, snug; compacted, compressed, condensed, congested; firm, hard, solid; impenetrable, impermeable, impervious

Definition: showing little difference in the standing of the competitors
Example: a tight race for governor
Synonyms: down-to-the-wire, hairbreadth, narrow, neck and neck, nip and tuck, tight
Related: crowded

Definition: stretched with little or no give
Example: the rope was pulled tight
Synonyms: rigid, tense, tight
Related: firm, inflexible, stiff, tightened, unrelaxed, unyielding

Definition: closely acquainted
Example: supposedly he and the rock star have been totally tight since they went to high school together
Synonyms: bosom, buddy-buddy, chummy, close, especial, friendly, inseparable, intimate, inward, near, thick, tight
Related: clannish, close-knit, tight-knit; affable, boon, companionable, convivial, cordial, genial, gracious, hearty; gregarious, sociable, social; comfortable, cozy, easy, snug; amicable, neighborly; confidential, secretive; adoring, affectionate, dear, devoted, fond, loving, tender, tenderhearted, warm

Definition: being under the influence of alcohol
Example: having spent several hours getting nice and tight, the campus Romeo was having performance problems
Synonyms: besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]
Related: maudlin; beery; befuddled, bleary-eyed, crapulous, dopey (also dopy), rocky, strung out, stupefied; debauched, dissipated, dissolute; alcoholic, bibulous, dipsomaniacal

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