TEMPER

verb

To moderate; to bring to a particular texture or consistency, often hardness

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Synonyms

  • moderate
  • anneal
  • strengthen

Antonyms

  • agitate
  • melt
  • weaken

Examples

She had to temper the situation between her friends before it got out of hand.

Chocolatiers temper their candy to give it a strong, shiny texture.

Hardening and Tempering a Bush Knife