Fatten
Fatten Fat"ten, v. i. To grow fat or corpulent; to grow plump, thick, or fleshy; to be pampered. [1913 Webster]

And villains fatten with the brave man's labor. --Otway. [1913 Webster]


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  • Fatten — Fat ten, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fattened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fattening}.] [See {Fat}, v. t.] 1. To make fat; to feed for slaughter; to make fleshy or plump with fat; to fill full; to fat. [1913 Webster] 2. To make fertile and fruitful; to enrich; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fatten — 1550s, from FAT (Cf. fat) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Fattened. The earlier verb was simply fat (O.E. fættian to become fat, fatten ); e.g. fatted calf …   Etymology dictionary

  • fatten — index enlarge, expand, inflate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fatten — [v] grow or make bigger; nourish augment, bloat, broaden, build up, coarsen, cram, distend, expand, feed, fill, gain weight, increase, overfeed, plump, put flesh on*, put on weight, round out, spread, stuff, swell, thicken, thrive, wax; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • fatten — ► VERB ▪ make or become fat or fatter …   English terms dictionary

  • fatten — [fat′ n] vt. 1. to make fat, or plump, as by feeding; specif., to make (cattle, etc.) fat for slaughter 2. to make (land) fertile 3. to make richer, fuller, etc. vi. to become fat fattener n …   English World dictionary

  • fatten — [[t]fæ̱t(ə)n[/t]] fattens, fattening, fattened 1) V ERG If an animal is fattened, or if it fattens, it becomes fatter as a result of eating more. [be V ed] The cattle are being fattened for slaughter... The creature continued to grow and fatten.… …   English dictionary

  • fatten — fat|ten [ˈfætn] v 1.) [I and T] to make an animal become fatter so that it is ready to eat, or to become fat and ready to eat 2.) [T] to make an amount larger ▪ These projects simply serve to fatten the pockets of developers. fatten up [fatten… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fatten — UK [ˈfæt(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms fatten : present tense I/you/we/they fatten he/she/it fattens present participle fattening past tense fattened past participle fattened 1) to make an animal fat so that it will be nicer to eat 2) to …   English dictionary

  • fatten — fattenable, adj. fattener, n. /fat n/, v.t. 1. to make fat. 2. to feed (animals) abundantly before slaughter. 3. to enrich: to fatten the soil; to fatten one s pocketbook. 4. Cards. a. Poker. to increase the number of chips in (a pot). b.… …   Universalium

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