- to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.
- to make secure, as an article of dress with buttons, clasps, etc., or a door with a lock, bolt, etc.
- to enclose securely, as a person or an animal (usually followed by in): to fasten a monkey in a cage.
- to attach, associate, or connect: to fasten a nickname on someone.
- to direct (the eyes, thoughts, etc.) intently: to fasten one's eyes on a speaker.
- to become fast, fixed, or firm.
- to close firmly or securely; lock: This clasp won't fasten.
- to take a firm hold; seize (usually followed by on or upon): to fasten on an idea.
- to focus attention; concentrate (usually followed by on or upon): His gaze fastened on the jewels.
Origin of fasten
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Examples from the Web for fasten
They fasten their seat belts to drive one hundred yards across a parking lot.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
His biggest apparent weakness: an inability to fasten more than two buttons on his shirt.Krrish 3 Review: What the Bollywood Movie Steals From Superhero Films
November 6, 2013
Fasten your seat belts—this is going to be a wild four-week ride.South Carolina Special Election Has All the Makings of a Scandal-Filled Telenovela
April 3, 2013
In any case, once he made his rope, how did he fasten it to a metal grill eight feet above the ground?Cheated by Death: No Euphoria in Ram Singh’s Hanging
March 12, 2013
In the meantime, as Bette Davis used to say, fasten your seatbelts.Let the Democrats Win
April 14, 2010
"Now let us fasten up the door I came in by," said Christopher.Weighed and Wanting
Some are, as you see, upon one sheet, and some are in many pieces which may fasten together.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Let us fasten ourselves to the throne of God as with hooks of steel.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Do you mind if I fasten them on with wire so they can't fall?Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
Roy Rutherford Bailey
If the hands did not fasten and take hold, how then should we eat?Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
- to make or become fast or secure
- to make or become attached or joined
- to close or become closed by fixing firmly in place, locking, etc
- (tr; foll by in or up) to enclose or imprison
- (tr usually foll by on) to cause (blame, a nickname, etc) to be attached (to); place (on) or impute (to)
- (usually foll by on or upon) to direct or be directed in a concentrated way; fixhe fastened his gaze on the girl
- (intr usually foll by on) take firm hold (of)
Word Origin and History for fasten
Old English fæstnian "make fast, firm," also "ratify, betroth," from Proto-Germanic *fastinojanan (cf. Old Frisian festnia "to make firm, bind fast," Old Saxon fastnon, Old High German fastnion, Old Norse fastna "to pledge, betroth"), from *fastuz (see fast (adj.)). Related: Fastened; fastener; fastening.