fatten

[ fat-n ]
/ ˈfæt n /

verb (used with object)

to make fat.
to feed (animals) abundantly before slaughter.
to enrich: to fatten the soil; to fatten one's pocketbook.
Cards.
  1. Poker. to increase the number of chips in (a pot).
  2. Pinochle. to play a card that scores high on (a trick) expected to be taken by a partner.

verb (used without object)

to grow fat.

Origin of fatten

First recorded in 1545–55; fat + -en1

Related forms

fat·ten·a·ble, adjectivefat·ten·er, nouno·ver·fat·ten, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for fattening

fatten

/ (ˈfætən) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

fattenable, adjectivefattener, nounfattening, adjective
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