fasten

[ fas-uhn, fah-suhn ]
/ ˈfæs ən, ˈfɑ sən /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. fast-talk,
  2. fast-track,
  3. fast-twitch,
  4. fastback,
  5. fastball,
  6. fastener,
  7. fastening,
  8. faster,
  9. fastidious,
  10. fastidiously

Origin of fasten

before 900; Middle English fastenen, Old English fæstnian; cognate with Old Norse fastna to betroth; akin to fast1

Related formsre·fas·ten, verb (used with object)well-fas·tened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fasten

fasten

/ (ˈfɑːsən) /

verb

Derived Formsfastener, noun

Word Origin for fasten

Old English fæstnian; related to Old Norse fastna to pledge, Old High German fastinōn to make fast; see fast 1

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Word Origin and History for fasten

fasten

v.

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.

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