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Definitions of fasten

  1. To make fast or tight; to fix securely; to attach firmly one thing to another. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. To make fast; attach firmly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. To make fast; secure; attach; fix; bind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To seize or take hold of something: generally with on. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To fix itself. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. become fixed or fastened; "This dress fastens in the back" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. attach to; "They fastened various nicknames to each other" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. To take fast hold; cleave; cling. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To fix firmly; to bolt or bar; to seize and hold on. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. See fast. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for fasten

  1. I felt that suspicion would fasten almost at once upon me, in the event of there being any kind of public inquiry. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  2. Now fasten the shutters across both windows. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
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