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English definition of “buckle”

buckle

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

buckle

verb uk   /ˈbʌk.l̩/ us  

buckle verb (FASTEN)

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

buckle verb (BEND)

[T or I] to bend something or become bent, often as a result of force, heat, or weakness: The intense heat from the fire had caused the factory roof to buckle. Both wheels on the bicycle had been badly buckled. I felt faint and my knees began to buckle.

buckle verb (BE DEFEATED)

buckle under sth to be defeated by a difficult situation: But these were difficult times and a lesser man would have buckled under the strain.
buckled
adjective uk   /-l̩d/ us  
a tightly buckled belt
Phrasal verbs
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