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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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  • She fastened the door, and took an ink-bottle and a pen from the mantle-piece.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • I fastened it at the masthead, so that we could hoist and lower the sail at pleasure.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • A strong piece of rope extended from the magazine to the wood screw above mentioned, and was fastened to both.

  • Emily was in the chamber with Flora when Sim and I fastened the raft to the post.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • But so long as the love that now bound them together still sanctified the bond which it had fastened.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • The eyes of the rest of the chapter were fastened on the chafing-dish.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • In addition to these eye-bolt holes there are two others through which screws are fastened into the frame pieces.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Loki, who held to the spit that was fastened to the eagle's breast, was drawn up with him.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • They had no rowels, but were made with a simple point like a goad, and were fastened with leathers.

    The Evolution of Fashion Florence Mary Gardiner
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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