Definition of “buckle” - English Dictionary

“buckle” in British English

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bucklenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌk.əl/ us /ˈbʌk.əl/

buckleverb

uk /ˈbʌk.əl/ us /ˈbʌk.əl/
buckled
adjective uk /ˈbʌk.əld/ us /ˈbʌk.əld/

a tightly buckled belt

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(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 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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(Definition of “buckle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)