- 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 fastened
She had on a blue boy-coat, and to the right lapel was fastened a three-inch red cloth 9, Howe's number.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
They arrived at the gate without question or hindrance; but found it fastened.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He took a long string from his pouch and fastened one end to an arrow.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Cusi Coyllur is discovered, fastened to a wall, and in a dying state.Apu Ollantay
My carefully packed bags were carried out and fastened to the saddle.In the Valley
He rapidly reloaded his rifle, and fastened the pistols at his belt.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- 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 fastened
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.