Definition of fasten in English:

fasten

Pronunciation /ˈfas(ə)n/ /ˈfæs(ə)n/

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verb

  • 1with object Close or do up securely.

    ‘the tunic was fastened with a row of gilt buttons’
    • ‘he fastened the door behind him’
    bolt, lock, secure, make secure, make fast, chain, seal
    buckle, join, do up, connect, couple, close, unite, link
    become closed, close, do up
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial Be closed or done up in a particular manner.
      • ‘a blue nightie that fastens down the back’
    2. 1.2with object and adverbial Fix or hold in place.
      ‘she fastened her locket round her neck’
      • ‘her chestnut hair was fastened in a knot’
      attach, fix, affix, clip, pin, tack
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  • 2fasten on/uponno object Single out (someone or something) and concentrate on them or it obsessively.

    • ‘the critics fastened upon two sections of the report’
    single out, concentrate on, focus on, select, pick out, fix on, seize on
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    1. 2.1fasten something on/uponwith object Direct one's eyes, thoughts, etc. intently at.
      ‘his gaze was fastened on his daughter’
      • ‘his eyes seemed to fasten on her’
      focus, fix, be riveted, concentrate, zero in, zoom in, be brought to bear
      single out, concentrate on, focus on, select, pick out, fix on, seize on
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Phrasal Verbs

    fasten off
    • fasten something off, fasten off somethingSecure the end of a thread with stitches or a knot.

      • ‘work the stitch and fasten off the thread’

Origin

Old English fæstnian ‘make sure’, also ‘immobilize’, of West Germanic origin; related to fast.