Definition of batten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

batten

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verb
NAmE//ˈbætn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they batten
 
he / she / it battens
 
past simple battened
 
-ing form battening
 
 
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Idioms
    batten down the hatches
     
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  1. 1to prepare yourself for a period of difficulty or trouble A natural tendency in times of recession is to batten down the hatches and think about our own needs.
  2. 2(on a ship) to firmly shut all the entrances to the lower part, especially because a storm is expected
Phrasal Verbsbatten somethingdown
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