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fasten   WordNet 2.0

- make tight or tighter
"Tighten the wire"

 
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- attach to
"They fastened various nicknames to each other"

 
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- cause to be firmly attached
"fasten the lock onto the door"
"she fixed her gaze on the man"

 
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- become fixed or fastened
"This dress fastens in the back"

 
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Fasten   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window.

2. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts.

"The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them." -- Swift.

3. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. [Obs.] Dryden.

"If I can fasten but one cup upon him." -- Shak.

To fasten
a charge, or a crime
upon
to make his guilt certain, or so probable as to be generally believed.

To fasten one's eyes upon
to look upon steadily without cessation. Acts iii. 4.

Syn. -- To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.

 
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1. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.

"A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish." -- Sir T. Browne.

 
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