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

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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 The flight attendant had asked Quinonez to fasten her seatbelt, stow her tray table and properly wear her facemask as the plane began its final descent. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 According to the statement, the flight attendant asked Quinonez to fasten her seat belt and put up her tray table, and also to wear her face mask properly. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 The pair has a futuristic tinge: the Lilliputian footwear has a chunky sole and a textured upper with a piece of velcro to fasten, with the name X Æ A-12 stamped across it. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2021 The set-up is simple: Extend the frame on a level surface, fasten the heat shield with the Velcro, place the ember guards on the four sides, and place the stainless steel fire mesh on top. Angela Cheung, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 And Bear is the one — mid-snack truck heist — who insists that Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs) think about safety first and fasten her seat belt. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 9 Aug. 2021 In lieu of clasps, the necklaces fasten with an adjustable ribbon tie—a detail found on many of Cohen’s dresses—and were handmade by refugee and immigrant women in the United States through a partnership with Refugee Artisan Initiative. Emily Farra, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021 Then, fasten the slats with galvanized deck screws. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2021 For years, the zany, fasten-your-seatbelt, fiasco of a story was largely untold and was mostly forgotten — until now. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 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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“Fasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fasten. Accessed 21 Sep. 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.
: 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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