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 fæstnian, "make fast or firm."

Definitions of fasten
  1. verb
    attach to
    “They fastened various nicknames to each other”
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    type of:
    attach
    cause to be attached
  2. verb
    cause to be firmly attached
    fasten the lock onto the door”
    synonyms: fix, secure
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    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
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    attach
    cause to be attached
  3. verb
    become fixed or fastened
    “This dress fastens in the back”
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    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
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    attach
    become attached
  4. verb
    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
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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