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the definition of "batten" #1 (permalink) Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:14 am   the definition of "batten"

This is a question in Test # GMAT/W52:

5. v. to gain

(a) sunder
(b) rout
(c) parley
(d) batten

The given answer is (d) "batten".

According to the dictionary I have looked up to, the definition of the verb " batten " is as below:

1. To become fat.
2. To thrive and prosper, especially at another's expense
To fatten; overfeed.
Nautical To furnish, fasten, or secure with battens

So, I found the given answer is questionable. Furthermore, none of the provided options seems to be acceptable.
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the definition of "batten" #2 (permalink) Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:00 am   the definition of "batten"

"Secure" is a synonym for "batten".
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Batten. #3 (permalink) Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:22 pm   Batten.

" Batten down the hatches ".

A nautical term, meaning to make all cargo on the ship secure, and to close and fasten all open hatchways or points of entry for seawater in heavy seas.

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