fasten

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for fasten

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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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Recent Examples on the Web His workers have traded in hammers and nails for pneumatic tools that fasten together steel panels. Alana Semuels, Time, 2 June 2021 Now the 26-year-old is unable to fasten his own belt or tie his shoes, his lawyer said. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Somehow, this very clever character is fretting about zero-g and yet also doesn’t fasten his seat belt. Washington Post, 23 May 2021 Small Velcro strips on the back fasten the mask into place. Claire Tighe, NBC News, 23 Mar. 2021 Securely fasten your structural system (index card) around the propulsion system (film canister) and avoid adding anything else to your rocket. Renee Morad, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2017 Other requirements include being able to climb seven flights of stairs -- the height of the launch tower -- in under 90 seconds, being able to fasten or unfasten a seat harness in under 15 seconds, and hear and understand instructions in English. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 5 May 2021 Passengers must also be able to fasten and unfasten their seat harness in less than 15 seconds, spend up to an hour and a half strapped into the capsule with the hatch closed, and withstand up to 5.5G in force during descent. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 May 2021 The Revolution are hoping to fashion a fasten-your-seatbelt start to their 26th season. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of fasten was before the 12th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Fasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fasten. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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