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append

[uh-pend]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin: to append a note to a letter.
  2. to attach or suspend as a pendant.
  3. to sign a document with; affix: to append one's signature to a will.
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Origin of append

1640–50; < Latin appendere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -pendere to hang (transitive)
Related formsmis·ap·pend·ed, adjectiveun·ap·pend·ed, adjective
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  • I append her experience as nearly as possible as she is stated to have told it.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • They contain so much valuable information we are induced to append them.

    Guano

    Solon Robinson

  • I append a brief report of one case which came under my own observation.

  • Get it translated, and append it as a note to the next edition.

  • It has only seemed feasible to append some comparisons with Yuki and Miwok beliefs.

    Pomo Bear Doctors

    Samuel Alfred Barrett


British Dictionary definitions for append

append

verb (tr)
  1. to add as a supplementto append a footnote
  2. to attach; hang on
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin appendere to hang (something) from, from Latin pendere to hang
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Word Origin and History for append

v.

late 14c., "to belong to as a possession or right," from Old French apendre (13c.) belong, be dependent (on); attach (oneself) to; hang, hang up," and directly from Latin appendere "to cause to hang (from something), weigh," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).

Meaning "to hang on, attach as a pendant" is 1640s; that of "attach as an appendix" is recorded by 1843. OED says the original word was obsolete by c.1500, and these later transitive senses represent a reborrowing from Latin or French. Related: Appended; appending.

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