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

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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 Olympia’s light pink dress was too cute with a tulle bottom and a sequined one-shoulder top which fastened together with a satin pink bow. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Serena Williams Shares Adorable Photos of 2-Year-Old Daughter Olympia as a Flower Girl," 19 Oct. 2019 Her remixed Hoka shoes even have leaves fastened to their backs. Vogue, "This New York Model Is Already Delivering Halloween’s Craziest Costume," 31 Oct. 2019 But by the second season, some zip-up sweaters were added to the rotation—much easier to fasten, says David Newell, who played delivery man Mr. McFeely on the show. Cristina Rouvalis, Smithsonian, "The Behind-the-Scenes Quest to Find Mister Rogers’ Signature Cardigans," 7 Oct. 2019 At the premiere, Jolie also stunned in a glittering one-shoulder Versace gown with a silver scorpion pin fastened to her hip; but that wasn’t her only elegant sartorial decision of the day. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie's Kids Join Her at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Premiere," 1 Oct. 2019 So, to solve this, Oates brought her son to school with his locks fastened by a simple black hair tie into a bun. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "Mom Is Devastated After 4-Year-Old Was Kicked Out of School for Having Long Hair," 22 Aug. 2017 At each seat, your belt will signal red for unbuckled and green when fastened. Justin Bachman / Bloomberg, Time, "The Next Generation of Airbus Aircraft Will Track Your Bathroom Visits," 12 Sep. 2019 At each seat, your belt will signal red for unbuckled and green when fastened. Justin Bachman Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "The next generation of aircraft will track your bathroom visits," 12 Sep. 2019 Traders must have their top shirt button fastened and at least part of either leg in contact with the ring’s red couch during trading. David Hodari, Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Hey Traders, It’s 2019—No More Drinking on the Job," 14 June 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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The first known use of fasten was before the 12th century

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1 Dec 2019

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“Fasten.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fastened. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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fasten

verb
How to pronounce fasten (audio)

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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