Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

attach

[uh-tach]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten or affix; join; connect: to attach a photograph to an application with a staple.
  2. to join in action or function; make part of: to attach oneself to a group.
  3. Military. to place on temporary duty with or in assistance to a military unit.
  4. to include as a quality or condition of something: One proviso is attached to this legacy.
  5. to assign or attribute: to attach significance to a gesture.
  6. to bind by ties of affection or regard: You always attach yourself to people who end up hurting you.
  7. Law. to take (persons or property) by legal authority.
  8. Obsolete. to lay hold of; seize.
Show More
verb (used without object)
  1. to adhere; pertain; belong (usually followed by to or upon): No blame attaches to him.
Show More

Origin of attach

1300–50; Middle English atachen < Anglo-French atacher to seize, Old French atachier to fasten, alteration of estachier to fasten with or to a stake, equivalent to estach(e) (< Germanic *stakka stake1) + -ier infinitive suffix
Related formsat·tach·a·ble, adjectiveat·tach·er, nounre·at·tach, verbre·at·tach·a·ble, adjectiveun·at·tach·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedattach attaché

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. subjoin, append, add, annex.

Antonyms

1. detach.

attaché

[a-ta-shey, at-uh- or, esp. British, uh-tash-ey]
noun
  1. a diplomatic official attached to an embassy or legation, especially in a technical capacity: a commercial attaché; a cultural attaché.
  2. a military officer who is assigned to a diplomatic post in a foreign country in order to gather military information: an air attaché; an army attaché; a naval attaché.
  3. Also at·ta·che. attaché case.
Show More

Origin of attaché

1825–35; < French: literally, attached, past participle of attacher to attach
Can be confusedattach attaché
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for attaches

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • "Perhaps I guess what it is that attaches you to this place," said she, gently.

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

  • My heart is linked to it; it forms the one sole tie that attaches me to life.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • It is the very strong link that attaches the individual to the whole.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Some interest also attaches to the oldest documents on arithmetic in our own language.

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

    David Eugene Smith

  • The interest that attaches to Egyptian art is from its great antiquity.


British Dictionary definitions for attaches

attaché

noun
  1. a specialist attached to a diplomatic missionmilitary attaché
  2. British a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation
Show More

Word Origin

C19: from French: someone attached (to a mission), from attacher to attach

attach

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to join, fasten, or connect
  2. (reflexive or passive) to become associated with or join, as in a business or other venturehe attached himself to the expedition
  3. (intr foll by to) to be inherent (in) or connected (with)responsibility attaches to the job
  4. to attribute or ascribeto attach importance to an event
  5. to include or append, esp as a conditiona proviso is attached to the contract
  6. (usually passive) military to place on temporary duty with another unit
  7. (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
  8. to appoint officially
  9. law to arrest or take (a person, property, etc) with lawful authority
  10. obsolete to seize
Show More
Derived Formsattachable, adjectiveattacher, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French atachier to fasten, changed from estachier to fasten with a stake, from estache stake 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for attaches

attach

v.

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.

Show More

attache

n.

1835, from French attaché "junior officer attached to the staff of an ambassador, etc.," literally "attached," past participle of attacher "to attach" (see attach). Attache case "small leather case for carrying papers" first recorded 1900.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

attaches in Culture

attaché

[(a-ta-shay, at-uh-shay)]

A diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate. Most attachés have specialties, such as military attachés, cultural attachés, economic attachés, and so forth.

Show More

Note

Some nations disguise spies as attachés.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with attaches

attach

see no strings attached.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.