fasten

When you fasten something, you close or attach it. You might fasten your coat, closing each snap, when the sun goes down and the air gets chilly.

People fasten all kinds of things: we all fasten our seat belts when we board an airplane and fasten our bathrobes by tying them in the front. Your ski goggles might fasten onto your helmet, just as your boots fasten onto your skis. You can also say that you fasten your hair with a barrette or fasten a charm bracelet around your wrist. The Old English root is f├Žstnian, "make fast or firm."

DEFINITIONS OF: fasten

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v attach to

“They fastened various nicknames to each other”
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v cause to be firmly attached

fasten the lock onto the door”
Synonyms:
fix, secure
Antonyms:
unfasten
cause to become undone
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strap
secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
rig
connect or secure to
bitt
secure with a bitt
latch
fasten with a latch
garter
fasten with or as if with a garter
chain
fasten or secure with chains
cable
fasten with a cable
picket
fasten with a picket
rope up
attach to one another, for safety
cinch, girth
tie a cinch around
bandage, bind
wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
cramp
secure with a cramp
cleat
secure on a cleat
anchor, cast anchor, drop anchor
secure a vessel with an anchor
anchor, ground
fix firmly and stably
moor
secure with cables or ropes
berth, moor, tie up
secure in or as if in a berth or dock
spike
secure with spikes
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework
crank
fasten with a crank
noose
secure with a noose
chock
secure with chocks
brad
fasten with brads
bight
fasten with a bight
belay
fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
belay
turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
bar
secure with, or as if with, bars
clamp
fasten or fix with a clamp
velcro
fasten with Velcro
stay
fasten with stays
clinch
flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
clinch
secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
lock
fasten with a lock
lock up
secure by locking
hasp
secure or lock with a hasp
zip, zip up, zipper
close with a zipper
tack
fasten with tacks
string
string together; tie or fasten with a string
hook
fasten with a hook
belt
fasten with a belt
cement
bind or join with or as if with cement
grout
bind with grout
staple
secure or fasten with a staple or staples
rivet
fasten with a rivet or rivets
button
fasten with buttons
pin
attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
hang, hang up
cause to be hanging or suspended
hang
place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
deposit, lodge, stick, wedge
put, fix, force, or implant
entrench, intrench
fix firmly or securely
buckle, clasp
fasten with a buckle or buckles
brooch, clasp
fasten with or as if with a brooch
stake
tie or fasten to a stake
wire
fasten with wire
coapt
fit tightly and fasten
joggle
fasten or join with a joggle
joint
fasten with a joint
toggle
fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
gag, muzzle
tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
retie
tie again or anew
bind off, tie up
finish the last row
loop
fasten or join with a loop
cord
bind or tie with a cord
lash together
bind together with a cord or rope
truss
tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
leash, rope
fasten with a rope
strap
tie with a strap
knot
tie or fasten into a knot
lash
bind with a rope, chain, or cord
band
bind or tie together, as with a band
wharf
moor at a wharf
hem
fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
resew
sew again
overcast
sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
overcast
sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
backstitch
do backstitches
gather, pucker, tuck
draw together into folds or puckers
finedraw
sew together very finely
fell
sew a seam by folding the edges
baste, tack
sew together loosely, with large stitches
hemstitch
sew with hemstitches
retick, tick
sew
padlock
fasten with a padlock
bolt
secure or lock with a bolt
thumbtack
fasten with thumbtacks
suspend
hang freely
lace, lace up
draw through eyes or holes
redeposit
deposit anew
cast on
make the first row of stitches when knitting
cast off
make the last row of stitches when knitting
sling
hang loosely or freely; let swing
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v become fixed or fastened

“This dress fastens in the back”
Antonyms:
unfasten
become undone or untied
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glue
be fixed as if by glue
stick
fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
stick
fasten with or as with pins or nails
stick
fasten with an adhesive material like glue
Type of:
attach
become attached

v make tight or tighter

Synonyms:
tighten
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frap
take up the slack of
firm, tauten
make taut or tauter
screw
tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions
wind, wind up
coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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