fasten

[fas-uhn, fah-suhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.
2.
to make secure, as an article of dress with buttons, clasps, etc., or a door with a lock, bolt, etc.
3.
to enclose securely, as a person or an animal (usually followed by in ): to fasten a monkey in a cage.
4.
to attach, associate, or connect: to fasten a nickname on someone.
5.
to direct (the eyes, thoughts, etc.) intently: to fasten one's eyes on a speaker.
verb (used without object)
6.
to become fast, fixed, or firm.
7.
to close firmly or securely; lock: This clasp won't fasten.
8.
to take a firm hold; seize (usually followed by on or upon ): to fasten on an idea.
9.
to focus attention; concentrate (usually followed by on or upon ): His gaze fastened on the jewels.

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

refasten, verb (used with object)
well-fastened, adjective


1. connect, link, hook, clasp, clinch, rivet, clamp, bind, tie, tether.
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fasten (ˈfɑːsən)
 
vb (usually foll by on) (usually foll by on or upon) (usually foll by on)
1.  to make or become fast or secure
2.  to make or become attached or joined
3.  to close or become closed by fixing firmly in place, locking, etc
4.  (tr; foll by in or up) to enclose or imprison
5.  to cause (blame, a nickname, etc) to be attached (to); place (on) or impute (to)
6.  to direct or be directed in a concentrated way; fix: he fastened his gaze on the girl
7.  take firm hold (of)
 
[Old English fæstnian; related to Old Norse fastna to pledge, Old High German fastinōn to make fast; see fast1]
 
'fastener
 
n

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fasten
O.E. fæstnian "make fast, firm," also "ratify, betroth," from P.Gmc. *fastinojanan, from *fastuz (see fast (adj.)). Related: Fastened; fastener; fastening.
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Example sentences
Wear clothing appropriate for the season and securely fasten shoes.
If cut in long fillets, roll, and fasten with small wooden skewers.
Mussels are bivalves that fasten themselves firmly to ships, piers and other
  objects in salt water.
Clean the rims of the jars to promote a good seal, then fasten the caps tightly
  and invert onto a wire rack to cool.
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