Fatten

  • 1Fatten — 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

  • 2Fatten — 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] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3fatten — 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

  • 4fatten — index enlarge, expand, inflate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5fatten — [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

  • 6fatten — ► VERB ▪ make or become fat or fatter …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7fatten — [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

  • 8fatten — [[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

  • 9fatten up — verb make fat or plump We will plump out that poor starving child • Syn: ↑fatten, ↑fat, ↑flesh out, ↑fill out, ↑plump, ↑plump out, ↑fatten out …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10fatten — 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

  • 11fatten up — PHRASAL VERB To fatten up an animal or person means to make them fatter, by forcing or encouraging them to eat more food. → See also fatten 2) [V P n (not pron)] They fattened up ducks and geese... [V n P] You re too skinny we ll have to fatten… …

    English dictionary

  • 12fatten — 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

  • 13fatten — 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

  • 14fatten — verb a) To become fatter If we give it a bit more sugar, well see him slowly fatten. b) To cause to be fatter We must fatten the turkey in time for Thanksgiving …

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  • 15fatten up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fatten up : present tense I/you/we/they fatten up he/she/it fattens up present participle fattening up past tense fattened up past participle fattened up to make a person or animal fatter He could do with… …

    English dictionary

  • 16fatten — verb Fatten is used with these nouns as the object: ↑pig …

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  • 17fatten — Synonyms and related words: acculturate, add to, advance, aggrandize, aliment, ameliorate, amend, amplify, augment, batten, become overweight, better, bloom, blossom, boom, boost, breast feed, breed, bring forward, broaden, build, build up,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18fatten — fat|ten [ fætn ] verb transitive 1. ) to make an animal fat so that it will be nicer to eat 2. ) to make an amount of money larger or make a company s value increase ,fatten up phrasal verb transitive to make a person or animal fatter: He could… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19fatten — verb (I, T) to make an animal become fatter so that it is ready to eat, or to become fat and ready to eat fatten sb/sth up phrasal verb (T) often humorous to make a person or animal fatter: He s too thin you ought to try fattening him up a bit …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20fatten — verb 1) fattening livestock Syn: make fat/fatter, feed (up), build up 2) we re sending her home to fatten up Syn: put on weight, gain weight, get heavier, grow fatter, fill out Ant …

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