fat·​ten | \ ˈfa-tᵊn How to pronounce fatten (audio) \
fattened; fattening\ ˈfat-​niŋ How to pronounce fatten (audio) , ˈfa-​tə-​niŋ \

Definition of fatten

transitive verb

1a : to make fat, fleshy, or plump especially : to feed (an animal) for slaughter
b : to make more substantial
2 : to make fertile

intransitive verb

: to become fat

Other Words from fatten

fattener \ ˈfat-​nər How to pronounce fatten (audio) , ˈfa-​tə-​nər \ noun

Examples of fatten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the past decade, the company has spent freely to fatten its library, eventually making hundreds of shows and movies a year, with the goal of staying ahead of its many online rivals. David Sims, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2022 Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a bill intended to stop cities and towns from using traffic fines in an excessive way to fatten their budgets. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 5 Apr. 2022 Parents also should pay attention to the rules for claiming the child tax credit for a child born in 2021, which could further fatten a refund and be worth up to $3,600 per child. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2022 But sound waves also flow up through the jaw, turning the bones of the head into resonators that fatten the experience, especially for low notes. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 But much of that Great Resignation is really just the Great Early Retirement, brought on by workers in their 50s seeing their retirement accounts fatten and deciding to call it a day. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 14 Feb. 2022 But last year, 13 bears were struck and killed by vehicles — 10 in September and October, when the animals search relentlessly for food, desperate to fatten up before hibernation. Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2022 Moreover, the Sackler family saga brings dimension to figures best known as avatars of avarice, people who didn’t care about the collateral damage done to fatten Purdue’s bottom line. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 Kishida would have to hit the ground running to modernize labor markets, reduce bureaucracy, catalyze innovation, empower women and incentivize companies to fatten paychecks. William Pesek, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fatten

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Fatten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatten. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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fat·​ten | \ ˈfa-tᵊn How to pronounce fatten (audio) \
fattened; fattening

Kids Definition of fatten

: to make or become fat

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