batten - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈbæt(ə)n/
present tense
I/you/we/theybatten
he/she/itbattens
present participlebattening
past tensebattened
past participlebattened

phrasal verbs

batten down

[intransitive/transitive]
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.

  3. 3
    batten down the hatches
    1. b.
      to close the entrances to the lower part of a ship very tightly, especially in a storm

batten on

[transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybatten on
he/she/itbattens on
present participlebattening on
past tensebattened on
past participlebattened on
mainly literary
batten on someone/something to use someone or something for your own purposes, often in a way that causes harm or difficulties