[fas-uhn, fah-suhn]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Synonyms for fasten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fastened

fixed, tied, secured, tight

Examples from the Web for fastened

Contemporary Examples of fastened

Historical Examples of fastened

  • They arrived at the gate without question or hindrance; but found it fastened.


    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

    Harold Frederic

  • He rapidly reloaded his rifle, and fastened the pistols at his belt.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for fastened



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)
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 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.

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