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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Tossing the, In a matching move, hairstylist Jenda Alcorn tossed the Los Angeles-based beauty's blonde lengths into a wraparound milkmaid braid, then fastened tiny daisies, roses, and white flowers into her plaits. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Elle Fanning Puts a Fresh Spin on the Flower Crown," 15 May 2019 There are still some others that claimed to do things like fasten their bras and then put them on like t-shirts (WUT?!) or even step into their bras and pull them up over their hips like a dress (WHO?!). Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Don't Panic, But You've Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life," 25 Apr. 2019 Like a present-day Brigitte Bardot, French model Leojeanne fastens her preternaturally dirty blonde mane into sultry, slapdash updos, tapping into the inherent romance of soft, collar-bone grazing strands. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Modern Victorian Updos Are Taking Over Instagram—Here’s How to Do Them Right," 13 Mar. 2019 In that sense, the decision to fasten the novel to Shalini’s point of view seems like a missed opportunity. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Heaven Is Not at All What You Think," 25 Jan. 2019 This wall and the wood beams that keep the house off the ground often have not been fastened tightly to the foundation. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "On anniversary of great 1906 quake, California still struggles to prepare for the next 'big one'," 18 Apr. 2018 Never fasten swing fittings with a lag screw, which can pull out suddenly and send a kid flying. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wooden Swing Set," 30 Jan. 2019 Use hot-dipped galvanized or stainless-steel nails and screws when fastening outdoors. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "5 Biggest Woodworking Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 15 Jan. 2019 Across Norway by Friday, ferry companies have canceled crossings, while authorities have warned hikers of fierce winds in the mountains and called on people to securely fasten their small boats, tents and similar gear. Fox News, "The Latest: Northern Europe prepares for summer storms," 10 Aug. 2018

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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

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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