fasten Definition

  • 1to attach or close something securely
  • 2to make something happen more quickly

Using fasten: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fasten" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Fasten your seatbelts before takeoff.

  • Example

    She fastened the necklace around her neck.

  • Example

    He fastened the door shut with a padlock.

  • Example

    The company is trying to fasten the production process.

fasten Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for fasten

Antonyms for fasten

Phrases with fasten

  • fasten on/upon something

    to focus on or pay attention to something


    The media has fastened on the scandal, making it front-page news.

  • fasten your eyes/gaze on something

    to look at something intently or fixedly


    She fastened her eyes on the painting, trying to discern its details.

  • a warning to passengers in a vehicle to buckle up their seatbelts for safety reasons


    The pilot announced that we should fasten our seatbelts for landing.

Origins of fasten

from Old English 'fæstnian', meaning 'to make fast, firm'


Summary: fasten in Brief

The verb 'fasten' [ˈfæsən] means to securely attach or close something, as in 'She fastened the necklace around her neck.' It can also mean to make something happen more quickly, as in 'The company is trying to fasten the production process.' The phrase 'fasten on/upon something' means to focus on or pay attention to something.

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