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American English: /ˈfæs(ə)n/
British English: /ˈfɑːs(ə)n/

Translation of fasten in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (attach)
    (tie) atar
    (stick) pegar
    to fasten on a button/label
    pegar un botón/una etiqueta
    1.2 (do up, close)
    amarrar (Latin America excluding 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)
    to fasten the blame on somebody
    echarle or endilgarle la culpa a alguien
    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

  • (door/case)
    this belt won't fasten
    este cinturón no abrocha

Phrasal verbs

fasten down

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb

fasten on

fasten onto verb + preposition + object
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]
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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