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Definition of rivet verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rivet
    he / she / it rivets
    past simple riveted
    -ing form riveting
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  1. 1rivet somebody/something to hold someone's interest or attention so completely that they cannot look away or think of anything else I was absolutely riveted by her story. My eyes were riveted on the figure lying in the road. Public attention across the country was riveted on this topic.
  2. 2rivet something to fasten something with rivets The steel plates were riveted together.
  3. Idioms
    be riveted to the spot/ground
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    to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move
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