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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fas·ten /ˈfæsṇ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fas·ten v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fastened p. pr. & vb. n. Fastening ]
 1. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window.
 2. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts.
    The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them.   --Swift.
 3. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. [Obs.]
    If I can fasten but one cup upon him.   --Shak.
 To fasten a charge upon or To fasten a crime upon, to make his guilt certain, or so probable as to be generally believed.
 To fasten one's eyes upon, to look upon steadily without cessation. --Acts iii. 4.
 Syn: -- To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fas·ten, v. i. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
    A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish.   --Sir T. Browne.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the
           door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man" [syn: fix, secure]
           [ant: unfasten]
      2: become fixed or fastened; "This dress fastens in the back"
         [ant: unfasten]
      3: attach to; "They fastened various nicknames to each other"
      4: make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire" [syn: tighten]