AskDefine | Define fasten

Dictionary Definition



1 cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man" [syn: fix, secure] [ant: unfasten]
2 become fixed or fastened; "This dress fastens in the back" [ant: unfasten]
3 attach to; "They fastened various nicknames to each other"
4 make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire" [syn: tighten]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. To attach or connect in a secure manner
    The sailor fastened the boat to the dock with a half-hitch.


to attach or connect in a secure manner
  • Czech: připoutat, připevnit
  • Dutch: vastmaken
  • French: attacher, fixer
  • Greek: δένω
  • Japanese: 締める
  • Spanish: atar, unir, juntar



Old High German fastēn


  1. to fast

Related terms

Old High German


Common Germanic *fastejan, whence also Old English fæstan, Old Norse fasta


  1. to fast

Extensive Definition

Connection, Connected, Connectivity, or Connexion may refer to:
Connections may refer to:
Connexion or Connexxion may refer to:
Connect may refer to:
Connected may refer to:
fasten in Chuvash: Çыхăну
fasten in Danish: Forbindelse
fasten in German: Anschluss
fasten in French: Connexion
fasten in Hungarian: Kapcsolat
fasten in Dutch: Aansluiting
fasten in Russian: Связь

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

address, adhere, affix, aim, anchor, annex, apply, attach, bang, bar, barricade, batten, batten down, bed, belay, bind, bolt, bond, bridle, button, button up, catch, cement, chain, choke, choke off, cinch, clamp, clap, cleave, clinch, cling, close, close up, cohere, concenter, concentrate, connect, constrict, contain, contract, cover, cramp, devote, direct, embed, enchain, engraft, entrammel, establish, fasten down, fasten up, fetter, fix, fixate, focus, fold, fold up, fuse, graft, grapple, gyve, hamper, handcuff, hang, hang up, hitch, hobble, hog-tie, hook, hook up, hopple, implant, infix, join, key, knit, lash, latch, leash, link, lock, lock out, lock up, lodge, make fast, make secure, make sure, manacle, moor, occlude, padlock, peg down, picket, pin down, pinion, plumb, point, put, put in irons, put to, put up, restrain, rivet, rope, screw up, seal, seal off, seal up, secure, set, set to, settle, shackle, shut, shut the door, shut up, slam, sling, snap, squeeze shut, stick, straitjacket, strangle, strap, suspend, tether, tie, tie down, tie up, tighten, train, trammel, trice up, trim, turn, unite, wedge, zip up, zipper
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