harden

v. t.

  1. To make hard or harder; to make firm or compact; to indurate; as, to harden clay or iron.
  2. To accustom by labor or suffering to endure with constancy; to strengthen; to stiffen; to inure; also, to confirm in wickedness or shame; to make unimpressionable.

v. i.

  1. To become hard or harder; to acquire solidity, or more compactness; as, mortar hardens by drying.
  2. To become confirmed or strengthened, in either a good or a bad sense.