buckle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"buckle" in British English

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bucklenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbʌk.l̩/
a ​piece of ​metal at one end of a ​belt or ​strap, used to ​fasten the two ​ends together

buckleverb

uk   us   /ˈbʌk.l̩/

buckle verb (FASTEN)

[T or I] to ​fasten or be ​fastened with a buckle

buckle verb (BEND)

[T or I] to ​bend something or ​becomebent, often as a ​result of ​force, ​heat, or ​weakness: The ​intenseheat from the ​fire had ​caused the ​factoryroof to buckle. Both wheels on the ​bicycle had been ​badly buckled. I ​feltfaint and my kneesbegan to buckle.

buckle verb (BE DEFEATED)

buckle under sth to be ​defeated by a ​difficultsituation: But these were ​difficulttimes and a ​lesser man would have buckled under the ​strain.
buckled
adjective uk   us   /-l̩d/
a ​tightly buckled ​belt
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of buckle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buckle" in American English

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bucklenoun [C]

 us   /ˈbʌk·əl/

buckle noun [C] (FASTENER)

a ​fastener for a ​belt: a ​silver buckle

buckleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈbʌk·əl/

buckle verb [I/T] (FASTEN)

to ​fasten or be ​fastened with a buckle: [T] Please buckle ​yourseatbelts.

buckle verb [I/T] (BEND)

to ​bend or ​becomeuneven, often as a ​result of ​force, ​heat, or ​weakness: [I] After eight ​hours of ​hiking, ​ourknees 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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of buckle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “buckle”
in Korean 버클, 죔쇠…
in Arabic بُكْل, إبْزيم…
in Malaysian kepala tali pinggang…
in French boucle…
in Russian пряжка…
in Chinese (Traditional) (皮帶等的)搭扣,扣環…
in Italian fibbia…
in Turkish toka kopça…
in Polish sprzączka…
in Spanish hebilla…
in Vietnamese cái khoá (thắt lưng…)…
in Portuguese fivela…
in Thai หัวเข็มขัด…
in German die Schnalle…
in Catalan sivella…
in Japanese (ベルトの)バックル, 留め金…
in Chinese (Simplified) (皮带等的)搭扣,扣环…
in Indonesian gesper…
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