temper

tr. v.

Definition:

  1. to moderate
  2. to bring to a particular texture or consistency, often hardness

Synonyms

  • Harden
  • Strengthen
  • Neutralize

Antonyms

  • Soften
  • Weaken
  • Imbalanced

Sentences

  1. The men plunged red-hot iron into buckets of water to temper them.
  2. When his son made the top hockey team in town, his enthusiasm was tempered by the knowledge that it was going to cost him a fortune.
ESL Vocabulary : temper