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English verb: fasten

1. fasten (contact) cause to be firmly attached

SamplesFasten the lock onto the door.
She fixed her gaze on the man.

Synonymsfix, secure

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)anchor, anchor, bandage, bar, belay, belay, belt, berth, bight, bind, bind, bitt, brad, brooch, buckle, button, cable, cast anchor, cement, chain, chock, cinch, clamp, clasp, clasp, cleat, clinch, clinch, coapt, cramp, crank, deposit, drop anchor, entrench, garter, girth, ground, grout, hang, hang, hang up, hasp, hook, intrench, joggle, joint, latch, lock, lock up, lodge, moor, moor, noose, picket, pin, rig, rivet, rope up, run up, sew, sew together, spike, stake, staple, stay, stick, stitch, strap, string, tack, tie, tie up, toggle, velcro, wedge, wire, zip, zip up, zipper



2. fasten (contact) become fixed or fastened

SamplesThis dress fastens in the back.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)glue, stick, stick, stick


3. fasten (contact) attach to

SamplesThey fastened various nicknames to each other.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)attach

4. fasten (change) make tight or tighter

SamplesTighten the wire.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)firm, frap, screw, tauten, wind, wind up

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