fasten (fastens, present participle fastening; past and past participle fastened)
- (ambitransitive) 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?
- May 31, 1711, Jonathan Swift, The Examiner No. 43
- The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them.
- To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to land.
- to fasten a blow
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
- if I can fasten but one cup upon him
- French: attacher, fixer
- German: befestigen, festmachen
- Portuguese: apertar, atar, firmar, segurar
- Russian: закрепля́ть
- Spanish: atar, abrochar