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buckle

noun [C]  /ˈbʌk·əl/ us  

buckle noun [C] (FASTENER)

a fastener for a belt: a silver buckle

buckle

verb [I/T]  /ˈbʌk·əl/ us  

buckle verb [I/T] (FASTEN)

to fasten or be fastened with a buckle: [T] Please buckle your seat belts.

buckle verb [I/T] (BEND)

to bend or become uneven, often as a result of force, heat, or weakness: [I] After eight hours of hiking, our knees were beginning to buckle. Someone who buckles or buckles under gives in to something, such as pressure or opposition: [I] The judge threatened her with jail, but she refused to buckle and would not say where she got the information.
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