fasten

verb
fas·​ten | \ ˈfa-sᵊn How to pronounce fasten (audio) \
fastened; fastening\ ˈfas-​niŋ How to pronounce fastening (audio) , ˈfa-​sᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of fasten

transitive verb

1a : to attach especially by pinning, tying, or nailing
b : to make fast and secure
c : to fix firmly or securely
d : to secure against opening
2 : to fix or set steadily fastened her attention on the main problem
3 : to take a firm grip with the dog fastened its teeth in the shoe
4a : to attach (oneself) persistently and usually objectionably
b : to place forcefully : impose fastened the blame on the wrong person

intransitive verb

1 : to become fast or fixed
2a : to take a firm grip or hold
b : to focus attention

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Other Words from fasten

fastener \ ˈfas-​nər How to pronounce fastener (audio) , ˈfa-​sᵊn-​ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fasten

Synonyms

affix, attach, bend, fix

Antonyms

detach, undo, unfasten, unhook

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fasten, fix, attach, affix mean to make something stay firmly in place. fasten implies an action such as tying, buttoning, nailing, locking, or otherwise securing. fasten the reins to a post fix usually implies a driving in, implanting, or embedding. fixed the stake in the ground attach suggests a connecting or uniting by a bond, link, or tie in order to keep things together. attach the W-2 form here affix implies an imposing of one thing on another by gluing, impressing, or nailing. affix your address label here

Examples of fasten in a Sentence

fastening clothes on a clothesline He fastened the dog's leash to a post and went into the store. two boards fastened together by nails a decorative clasp that could be used to fasten a cape or cloak a shoe that fastens with a buckle This dress fastens in the back. She twisted her hair into a bun and fastened it with bobby pins. Make sure the lid is tightly fastened. The lock was so damaged it wouldn't fasten. He fastened his hands on my arm and wouldn't let go.
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Clearly someone fastened a string onto the bottle cap and pulled it the second Carey started singing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Mariah Carey, Superhero, Popped a Bottle of Wine Using Just Her Voice," 8 July 2019 Reading aloud from a questionnaire fastened to a clipboard, a MetroHealth trauma counselor named Violet asks Alondra to provide a brief description of a traumatic injury or victimization that stands out in her memory. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Alondra Rivera begins therapy to unpack a lifetime of trauma: A Greater Cleveland," 3 July 2019 The kid reviewers used their words, of course, as well as their giggles, which were captured by laugh trackers fastened to their shirts. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Tennessee tourism department enlists kids to rate the state’s attractions," 26 June 2019 Looking back at the old meal plans, fastened to a bulging clipboard, is one long nostalgic stroll. Stephanie Ganz, Bon Appétit, "How I Conquer Existential Dread By Meal Planning for My Family," 19 June 2019 Jean fastened a wood panel onto the gate to soften the metal. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Swanson Frank, in her self portrait, fastens a 1910 Art Deco Style brooch by Paul Iribe to the shoulder of a lime green evening dress. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Historic Al Thani Jewels, As Worn By Some of New York City's Leading Women," 13 June 2019 But her public-assistance crimes — which Reagan read about in the Tribune, then fastened into a fixture of stump speeches during the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns — became his go-to, ready-baked cautionary tale. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Reagan used her, the country hated her. Decades later, the Welfare Queen of Chicago refuses to go away," 7 June 2019 Made for a ceiling installation, its mounting brackets were designed to fasten to joists 48 inches apart. Popular Mechanics, "To Install a Pull-Up Bar, We Built a Surfboard," 23 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fasten

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for fasten

Middle English fastnen, from Old English fæstnian to make fast; akin to Old High German festinōn to make fast, Old English fæst fast

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fasten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fasten

: to attach (something) or join (two things or two parts of something) especially by using a pin, nail, etc.
of parts of something : to become attached or joined
: to put something in a position or location in such a way that it will not move

fasten

verb
fas·​ten | \ ˈfa-sᵊn How to pronounce fasten (audio) \
fastened; fastening

Kids Definition of fasten

1 : to attach or join by or as if by pinning, tying, or nailing She fastened the papers together.
2 : to make firm and secure Fasten your seat belt.
3 : to become fixed or joined The dress fastens in the back.

Other Words from fasten

fastener noun

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