AskDefine | Define fatten

Dictionary Definition

fatten v : make fat or plump; "We will plump out that poor starving child" [syn: fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten up]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Verb

  1. To become fatter
    If we give it a bit more sugar, we'll see him slowly fatten.
  2. To cause to be fatter
    We must fatten the turkey in time for Thanksgiving.

Translations

to become fatter
  • Finnish: lihoa, lihota
  • Hungarian: hízik
to cause to be fatter
  • Finnish: lihottaa
  • German: mästen
  • Hungarian: hizlal
  • Italian: ingrassare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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