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

Other Words from fasten

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

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The nearly backless piece features a triangle cutout at the bust and thin straps that fasten at the back. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 July 2022 Use double-sided tape or hook-and-loop strips to fasten a power strip to the frame of an elevated bed for easy access. Leanne Italile, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Secure the pieces together at the center and fasten them to the roof base with 1½-inch screws. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 July 2022 Similarly, fasten all Velcro closures on items like glove cuffs and waistbands of baggy shorts. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 17 July 2021 The portable frame has metal snaps that can be pressed to quickly fasten the screen to the frame, and detachable legs that can be put together without tools. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 28 June 2022 Use heavy-duty carabiners or S-hooks to fasten the hammock ends to the eyebolts. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 The attack followed the flight attendant’s request that Quinonez fasten her seatbelt, stow her tray table and pull up her facemask as Southwest Airlines Flight 700 out of Sacramento neared its San Diego destination. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 The fastest and neatest way to fasten wood trim is with a nail gun, either pneumatic or cordless. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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