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fasten

Pronunciation: /ˈfæsn; ˈfɑːsn/

Translation of fasten in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (attach) sujetar; (tie) atar; (stick) pegar* to fasten on a button/label pegar* un botón/una etiqueta 1.2 (do up, close) [case] cerrar*; [coat] abrochar; [laces] atar, amarrar (Latin America except River Plate area/América Latina excepto Río de la Plata) fasten your belt abróchate el cinturón fasten the door/window échale el cerrojo a la puerta/ventana
    Example sentences
    • She made sure his seatbelt was securely fastened before closing the door on him.
    • Lydia fastened the cloth door closed and took inventory of the room.
    • Once I had fastened the seatbelt and closed the door, Jason flicked a small switch on the dashboard, and the machine roared to life.
    Example sentences
    • A blue plaque fastened into the wall publicises the office's past as the dining room in the home of journalist Henry Morton Stanley.
    • We drove home with a green boat perched atop a white wooden box of camping gear, fastened to a blue Volkswagen.
    • Chell's white wraparound skirt, reaching from beneath her arms to her ankles and fastened at the back, was pulled in by a blue sash around her waist.
  • 2 (fix) [eyes/gaze] clavar, fijar to fasten the blame on sb echarle or endilgarle* la culpa a algn
    Example sentences
    • She was fastening some of her hair up with glittery clips while the rest cascaded down her neck and back.
    • She was at the vanity, fastening her pale blonde hair into a bun that was already unraveling.
    • I made my way to the bathroom where I fished through piles of hair accessories until I found my giant clip with which I fastened my hair in a French twist.
    Example sentences
    • Realising that he wasn't getting any money from me, he began to glance away, and fastened his eyes on a wallet that a gentleman who passed us had in his hand.
    • What I did do, I noticed, was to keep a very beady eye on him from across the room: waiting to see what kind of man he fastened his attentions on this time.
    • He sat down carefully, and fastened his eyes on his glass desktop.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [door/case] cerrar* this belt won't fasten este cinturón no abrocha

Phrasal verbs

fasten down

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb/verbo + adverbio + complemento, verbo + complemento + adverbio
[hatch/hood] asegurar, cerrar*

fasten on

fasten onto verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
they fastened onto the idea straight away enseguida entendieron la idea he had fastened on(to) poor Anna se le había pegado a la pobre Anna [colloquial/familiar] the press fastened onto that one statement la prensa se centró exclusivamente en esa afirmación once he fastens on(to) a plan, there's no changing his mind cuando se le mete un plan en la cabeza, no hay quien lo haga cambiar de opinión

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