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

     

    button

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌtn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they button
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌtn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtn//
     
    he / she / it buttons
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnz//
     
    past simple buttoned
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnd//
     
    past participle buttoned
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnd//
     
    -ing form buttoning
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French bouton, of Germanic origin and related to the verb butt.Extra examples He buttoned up his shirt. She buttoned the child into his coat. The dress buttons at the back.Idioms (British English, informal) used to tell somebody rudely to be quiet
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: button