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[uh-pend] /əˈpɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin:
to append a note to a letter.
to attach or suspend as a pendant.
to sign a document with; affix:
to append one's signature to a will.
Origin of append
1640-50; < Latin appendere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -pendere to hang (transitive)
Related forms
misappended, adjective
unappended, adjective Unabridged
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  • A complete list of the changes made is appended at the end of the file.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • The grinning death's head seal was appended in lieu of a signature, as before.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • As such, they may not be included but be appended to the traditional text.

  • Those which have (a) appended to them are known to have representatives in America.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • He then appended his signature and handed it to one of the attendant Cossacks.

  • "And quality," appended Lisa, with a mischievous glance at her sister.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I do long for a definite program to be appended to the F-major Ballade.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • To each of them is appended a sort of ticket, which served as a title.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for appended


verb (transitive)
to add as a supplement: to append a footnote
to attach; hang on
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 appended



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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