- to make fat.
- to feed (animals) abundantly before slaughter.
- to enrich: to fatten the soil; to fatten one's pocketbook.
- Poker.to increase the number of chips in (a pot).
- Pinochle.to play a card that scores high on (a trick) expected to be taken by a partner.
- to grow fat.
Origin of fatten
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Examples from the Web for fatten
We should judge innovators not on whether they fatten our wallets, but whether their products enrich our lives.Never Mind Inequality: Silicon Valley Enriches All of Our Lives
May 30, 2013
The Drug Enforcement Administration partners with local police forces to fatten budgets with seizures from dealers.Whitney Houston Death: How Sane Drug Laws May Have Prevented It
February 12, 2012
So where are the angry headlines and government initiatives to fatten up our jockeys?What's Wrong With Skinny?
February 8, 2010
He began to joke, and told his brother that he would undertake to fatten him.The Fat and the Thin
But the principal use to which we put them is to fatten our pigs.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Are men who have these institutions only to eat and fatten like beasts?Laws
As for me, I am over-young to break my neck and be left on the mountain-side to fatten crows.The Shame of Motley
Fatten them up well, and the foreigners will give me good prices.'The Little Girl Lost
- to grow or cause to grow fat or fatter
- (tr) to cause (an animal or fowl) to become fat by feeding it
- (tr) to make fuller or richer
- (tr) to enrich (soil) by adding fertilizing agents
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Word Origin and History for fatten
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