A mother fastens her daughters coat.
An example of fasten is to button a coat.
- to join (one thing to another); attach; connect
- to make fast or secure, as by locking, shutting, buttoning, etc.; fix firmly in place
- to hold, fix, or direct (the attention, gaze, etc.) steadily on something
- to cause to be connected or attributed; impute: to fasten a crime on someone
- to force (oneself) on or upon another in an annoying way
Origin of fastenMiddle English fastnen from Old English fæstnian from base of fæst: see fast
- to become attached or joined
- to take a firm hold (on or upon); seize; cling
- to concentrate (on or upon)
verbfas·tened, fas·ten·ing, fas·tens
- To attach firmly to something else, as by pinning or nailing.
- a. To make fast or secure: fastened the children into their car seats.b. To close or connect securely, as with a lock or other device: was unable to fasten the bulging suitcase.
- To fix or direct steadily: fastened her gaze on the stranger.
- To place; attribute: fastened the blame on the weather.
- To impose (oneself) without welcome.
- a. To become attached, fixed, or joined: barnacles that had fastened to the ship's bottom.b. To close or join in a particular manner: tent flaps that fasten with a zipper; a shirt that fastens down the front.
- a. To focus one's sight or attention on something: fasten on a notion.b. To select something by close attention: “By April he had fastened on the site where he would erect his grand city” ( Charles Officer )
Origin of fastenMiddle English fastnen from Old English fæstnian ; see past- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fastens, present participle fastening, simple past and past participle fastened)
From Middle English fastenen, from Old English fæstnian, from Proto-Germanic *fastinōną, from *fastuz.