- 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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- a diplomatic official attached to an embassy or legation, especially in a technical capacity: a commercial attaché; a cultural attaché.
- 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.
- Also at·ta·che. attaché case.
Origin of attaché
Examples from the Web for attaches
Once a month he attaches a device to his chest, clamps metal bracelets on his wrists, and hooks the whole thing up to a telephone.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He attaches a large lock to the door and snaps it shut, locking us in the cell.As Californians Weigh Proposition 34, a Look at Life on Death Row
November 5, 2012
More seriously: Carney attaches large significance to differences between PACs and the 527 group, Club for Growth.K Street or the Tea Party? I Choose Neither.
April 24, 2012
Square makes a small cube that attaches to tablets and mobile phones and becomes a credit-card swipe system.What Market Panic? Halcyon Days for Silicon Valley
March 7, 2012
One of the assassins reaches out and attaches a magnetic bomb to the side of the car.Who's Killing Iran's Scientists?
November 30, 2010
"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.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- a specialist attached to a diplomatic missionmilitary attaché
- British a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation
- 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 attaches
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.
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.
A diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate. Most attachés have specialties, such as military attachés, cultural attachés, economic attachés, and so forth.
Idioms and Phrases with attaches
see no strings attached.