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Definition of button verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they button
    he / she / it buttons
    past simple buttoned
    -ing form buttoning
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  1. 1[transitive] button something (up) to fasten something with buttons She hurriedly buttoned (up) her blouse.
  2. 2[intransitive] button (up) to be fastened with buttons The dress buttons (up) at the back.
  3. Idioms
    button it! (informal)
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    used to tell someone rudely to be quiet
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: button