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verb     fasten pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefastening
past tensefastened
past participlefastened
  1. 1
    [transitive] to close something such as a piece of clothing or a bag using the buttons, zipper, clip, etc. on it

    Please keep your seat belts fastened while the seat belt light is on.

    fasten something with something:

    It was fastened with buttons down the front.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something such as a piece of clothing or a bag fastens in a particular way, you close it in that way
      fasten with:

      These pants fasten with buttons.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to fix one thing to another using something such as string or nails so that it is held firmly in position
    fasten something to something:

    We fastened our boat with rope to a post in the river.

    fasten something around something:

    She fastened the rope around her ankle.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become fixed to an object or surface and held firmly in position
  3. 3
    [transitive] to close a door, gate, or window so that it will not open using something such as a lock, catch, or bolt

    I checked that all the windows were properly fastened.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a door, window, etc. fastens in a particular way, you close it in that way

      I can’t get the back gate to fasten.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to hold something very tightly
    fasten around/on/onto/into:

    His hand moved swiftly to fasten on her arm.

    fasten your arms/legs around someone/something:

    She fastened her arms around my neck and hugged me tightly.

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