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[fas-uh n, fah-suh n] /ˈfæs ən, ˈfɑ sən/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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
before 900; Middle English fastenen, Old English fæstnian; cognate with Old Norse fastna to betroth; akin to fast1
Related forms
refasten, verb (used with object)
well-fastened, adjective
1. connect, link, hook, clasp, clinch, rivet, clamp, bind, tie, tether. Unabridged
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  • Other forms included the detainee being fastened in a groove upon a table on his or her back.
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  • His blue-gray eyes fastened on me as he bounced back his own questions in reply to my queries.
  • Others carry a beech branch, with an apple fastened to it for a head, in an open box.
  • She sat on my knees, her eyes fastened only to my lips.
  • My eyes fastened themselves upon the old scarlet letter, and would not be turned aside.
  • His hands were unbound, put behind his back, then fastened again.
  • He fastened her legs and arms to a futon, and she lost consciousness.
  • For solace, they fastened their attention to the bottom line.
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
(transitive; foll by in or up) to enclose or imprison
(transitive) 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; fix: he fastened his gaze on the girl
(intransitive) usually foll by on. take firm hold (of)
Derived Forms
fastener, noun
Word Origin
Old English fæstnian; related to Old Norse fastna to pledge, Old High German fastinōn to make fast; see fast1
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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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