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From tart +‎ -en.


tarten (third-person singular simple present tartens, present participle tartening, simple past and past participle tartened)

  1. (transitive) To make tart or bitter
    • 1956, Library Journal, volume 81, page 2257:
      These faults in a scholar tend to tarten the writing, to enliven the reader.
    • 1964, Long Island Forum, volume 27-29, page 169:
      I loved their shouts of welcome as I trudged across the fields carrying the heavy jug. Mama mixed the old time drink from cold well water, a pinch of ginger, molasses and some vinegar to tarten it.
    • 1991, The Lyric Opera companion, The History, Lore, and Stories of the World's Greatest Operas:
      He knew precisely when to spice the orchestration with percussive pepper, when to add a pinch more of sugar, when to tarten the mixture with a squeeze or two of lime.
  2. (intransitive) To become tart or bitter
    • 1928, The Second American Caravan: A Yearbook of American Literature:
      [] her sweetness tartened as one side of her clutched loyalty, the other love.




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  • Rhymes: -ɑrtən



  1. to provoke, to dare, to affront
    Hij tartte het lot - He dared fate


Inflection of tarten (weak)
infinitive tarten
past singular tartte
past participle getart
infinitive tarten
gerund tarten n
present tense past tense
1st person singular tart tartte
2nd person sing. (jij) tart tartte
2nd person sing. (u) tart tartte
2nd person sing. (gij) tart tartte
3rd person singular tart tartte
plural tarten tartten
subjunctive sing.1 tarte tartte
subjunctive plur.1 tarten tartten
imperative sing. tart
imperative plur.1 tart
participles tartend getart
1) Archaic.