- 1 rivet 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.
- 2rivet something to fasten something with rivets The steel plates were riveted together. Idioms
NAmE//ˈrɪvət//[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rivet
he / she / it rivets
past simple riveted
-ing form riveting
to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move
be riveted to the spot/groundjump to other results