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hand·fast

 (hănd′făst′)
n. Archaic
A handclasp used to signify a pledge, such as a contract or marriage.

[From Middle English hondfast, past participle of hondfesten, to betroth, from Old Norse handfesta, to strike a bargain, pledge : hönd, hand + festa, to fasten, fix, affirm; see past- in Indo-European roots.]
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handfast

(ˈhændˌfɑːst)
n
1. an agreement, esp of marriage, confirmed by a handshake
2. a firm grip
vb (tr)
3. to betroth or marry (two persons or another person) by joining the hands
4. to grip with the hand
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hand•fast

(ˈhændˌfæst, -ˌfɑst)

n.
Archaic. a covenant or contract, esp. a betrothal, usu. completed by a handclasp.
[1150–1200; Middle English (past participle), earlier handfest < Scandinavian; fasten]
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handfast


Past participle: handfasted
Gerund: handfasting

Imperative
handfast
handfast
Present
I handfast
you handfast
he/she/it handfasts
we handfast
you handfast
they handfast
Preterite
I handfasted
you handfasted
he/she/it handfasted
we handfasted
you handfasted
they handfasted
Present Continuous
I am handfasting
you are handfasting
he/she/it is handfasting
we are handfasting
you are handfasting
they are handfasting
Present Perfect
I have handfasted
you have handfasted
he/she/it has handfasted
we have handfasted
you have handfasted
they have handfasted
Past Continuous
I was handfasting
you were handfasting
he/she/it was handfasting
we were handfasting
you were handfasting
they were handfasting
Past Perfect
I had handfasted
you had handfasted
he/she/it had handfasted
we had handfasted
you had handfasted
they had handfasted
Future
I will handfast
you will handfast
he/she/it will handfast
we will handfast
you will handfast
they will handfast
Future Perfect
I will have handfasted
you will have handfasted
he/she/it will have handfasted
we will have handfasted
you will have handfasted
they will have handfasted
Future Continuous
I will be handfasting
you will be handfasting
he/she/it will be handfasting
we will be handfasting
you will be handfasting
they will be handfasting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been handfasting
you have been handfasting
he/she/it has been handfasting
we have been handfasting
you have been handfasting
they have been handfasting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been handfasting
you will have been handfasting
he/she/it will have been handfasting
we will have been handfasting
you will have been handfasting
they will have been handfasting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been handfasting
you had been handfasting
he/she/it had been handfasting
we had been handfasting
you had been handfasting
they had been handfasting
Conditional
I would handfast
you would handfast
he/she/it would handfast
we would handfast
you would handfast
they would handfast
Past Conditional
I would have handfasted
you would have handfasted
he/she/it would have handfasted
we would have handfasted
you would have handfasted
they would have handfasted
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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