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verb [intransitive/transitive] British English pronunciation: button /ˈbʌt(ə)n/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybutton
he/she/itbuttons
present participlebuttoning
past tensebuttoned
past participlebuttoned
  1. button

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    button up

    to fasten something with buttons, or to be fastened with buttons

    Button your shirt before we go into the restaurant.

    a dress that buttons down the back

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