fasten

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English fastenen, from Old English fæstnian, from Proto-Germanic *fastinōną, from *fastuz.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfæsən/, /ˈfæsn̩/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

fasten (third-person singular simple present fastens, present participle fastening, simple past and past participle fastened)

  1. To attach or connect in a secure manner.
    The sailor fastened the boat to the dock with a half-hitch.
    Fasten your seatbelts!
    Can you fasten these boards together with some nails?
    • Jonathan Swift
      The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them.
  2. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to land.
    to fasten a blow
    • Shakespeare
      if I can fasten but one cup upon him

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German fastēn

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fasten (third-person singular simple present fastet, past tense fastete, past participle gefastet, auxiliary haben)

  1. to fast

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Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *fastijaną, whence also Old English fæstan, Old Norse fasta

Verb[edit]

fastēn

  1. to fast