- to fasten or affix; join; connect: to attach a photograph to an application with a staple.
- to join in action or function; make part of: to attach oneself to a group.
- Military. to place on temporary duty with or in assistance to a military unit.
- to include as a quality or condition of something: One proviso is attached to this legacy.
- to assign or attribute: to attach significance to a gesture.
- to bind by ties of affection or regard: You always attach yourself to people who end up hurting you.
- Law. to take (persons or property) by legal authority.
- Obsolete. to lay hold of; seize.
- to adhere; pertain; belong (usually followed by to or upon): No blame attaches to him.
Origin of attach
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Examples from the Web for attachable
Sibbald prints it as a K, a letter without any attachable meaning.Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1
James Y. Simpson
Vises on somewhat this principle can be bought, attachable and detachable at will.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
His bonhommie, his gentle and attachable nature do not allow it.A Trip to Cuba
Julia Ward Howe
A special Corps of Pioneers, attachable to any unit which might need them, had been organized to handle this novel weapon.Raemaekers' Cartoon History of the War, Volume 1
Similar indicator ribbons are attachable to the back gage for screw, cable, chain, and metal tape movements.Paper-Cutting Machines
Niel, Jr., Gray
- to join, fasten, or connect
- (reflexive or passive) to become associated with or join, as in a business or other venturehe attached himself to the expedition
- (intr foll by to) to be inherent (in) or connected (with)responsibility attaches to the job
- to attribute or ascribeto attach importance to an event
- to include or append, esp as a conditiona proviso is attached to the contract
- (usually passive) military to place on temporary duty with another unit
- (usually passive) to put (a member of an organization) to work in a different unit or agency, either with an expectation of reverting to, or while retaining some part of, the original working arrangement
- to appoint officially
- law to arrest or take (a person, property, etc) with lawful authority
- obsolete to seize
Word Origin and History for attachable
mid-14c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), "to take or seize (property or goods) by law," a legal term, from Old French atachier (11c.), earlier estachier "to attach, fix; stake up, support" (Modern French attacher, also cf. Italian attaccare), perhaps from a- "to" + Frankish *stakon "a post, stake" or a similar Germanic word (see stake (n.)). Meaning "to fasten, affix, connect" is from c.1400. Related: Attached; attaching.
Idioms and Phrases with attachable
see no strings attached.