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

     

    fetter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfetə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetər//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fetter
    BrE BrE//ˈfetə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetər//
     
    he / she / it fetters
    BrE BrE//ˈfetəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetərz//
     
    past simple fettered
    BrE BrE//ˈfetəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetərd//
     
    past participle fettered
    BrE BrE//ˈfetəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetərd//
     
    -ing form fettering
    BrE BrE//ˈfetərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1fetter somebody (literary) to restrict somebody’s freedom to do what they want He felt fettered by petty rules and regulations.
  2. 2fetter somebody to put chains around a prisoner’s feet synonym shackle A man lay fettered on the floor of the prison cell.
  3. Word Origin Old English feter, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veter ‘a lace’, from an Indo-European root shared by foot.
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