Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

batten - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

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

Related words

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

phrasal verbs

batten down

[intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
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.
  2. 2
    to get ready or to make something ready for a difficult or dangerous situation
    With interest rates set to rise, it’s time to batten down our budgets.

batten on

[transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theybatten on
he/she/itbattens on
present participlebattening on
past tensebattened on
past participlebattened on
mainly literary

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog