Definition of batten verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

batten

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbætn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they batten
BrE BrE//ˈbætn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætn//
 
he / she / it battens
BrE BrE//ˈbætnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætnz//
 
past simple battened
BrE BrE//ˈbætnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætnd//
 
past participle battened
BrE BrE//ˈbætnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætnd//
 
-ing form battening
BrE BrE//ˈbætnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætnɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Old French batant, present participle (used as a noun) of batre ‘to beat’, from Latin battuere.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 somethingdownbatten on somebody
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