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verb batten pronunciation in British English /ˈbæt(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybatten
he/she/itbattens
present participlebattening
past tensebattened
past participlebattened

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batten down

[intransitive/transitive]
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I/you/we/theybatten down
he/she/itbattens down
present participlebattening down
past tensebattened down
past participlebattened down
  1. 1
    to make something such as a door or window safe by closing it tightly or fastening it with a piece of wood

    The ship had battened down, ready for the storm.

    The plastic sheeting can be used to cover a roof but it has to be securely battened down.

batten on

[transitive]
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I/you/we/theybatten on
he/she/itbattens on
present participlebattening on
past tensebattened on
past participlebattened on
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