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ˈfæt nfat·ten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten upverb

    make fat or plump

    "We will plump out that poor starving child"


  1. fattenverb

    To become fatter

    If we give it a bit more sugar, we'll see him slowly fatten.

  2. fattenverb

    To cause to be fatter

    We must fatten the turkey in time for Thanksgiving.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Fattenverb

    Etymology: from fat.

    Frequent blood-letting, in small quantities, often increaseth the force of the organs of digestion, and fatteneth and increaseth the distemper. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    Town of stuff to fatten land. Lib. Londiniensis.

    Dare not, on thy life,
    Touch aught of mine;
    This falchion else, not hitherto withstood,
    These hostile fields shall fatten with thy blood. Dryden.

    Obscene Orontes
    Conveys his wealth to Tyber’s hungry shores,
    And fattens Italy with foreign whores. John Dryden, Juvenal.

  2. To Fattenverb

    To grow fat; to be pampered; to grow fleshy.

    Etymology: from fat.

    All agree to spoil the publick good,
    And villains fatten with the brave man’s labour. Thomas Otway.

    Apollo check’d my pride, and bad me feed
    My fatt’ning flocks, nor dare beyond the reed. Dryden.

    Yet then this little spot of earth well till’d,
    A num’rous family with plenty fill’d,
    The good old man and thrifty housewife spent
    Their days in peace, and fatten’d with content;
    Enjoy’d the dregs of life, and liv’d to see
    A long-descending healthful progeny. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Tygers and wolves shall in the ocean breed,
    The whale and dolphin fatten on the mead,
    And every element exchange its kind,
    When thriving honesty in courts we find. George Granville.


  1. fatten

    To fatten means to increase the size, weight, or thickness of something or someone, often by feeding generously or excessively. This term could also refer to making something richer, more substantial, or more productive. Additionally, "fatten" can refer to expanding or amplifying content, value, or resources.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fattenverb

    to make fat; to feed for slaughter; to make fleshy or plump with fat; to fill full; to fat

  2. Fattenverb

    to make fertile and fruitful; to enrich; as, to fatten land; to fatten fields with blood

  3. Fattenverb

    to grow fat or corpulent; to grow plump, thick, or fleshy; to be pampered

  4. Etymology: [See Fat, v. t.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatten in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fatten in a Sentence

  1. Paul Tabori, _The Natural Science of Stupidity_. (New York: ChiltonCompany, 1960), p. 104.:

    Modern war has decimated many a country; but it has always spawned millions of bureaucrats. They fatten on shortages and thrive on trouble. Peace can never offer such opportunities for exercising petty tyrannies, using red tape to regiment the individual and making life generally unpleasant.

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