- 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 attaching
Attaching food with skewers, toothpicks, fishing line, and twine.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
More members of the Twitterverse are coopting the hashtag and attaching it to concerns that seem relatively trivial.#YesAllWomen Has Jumped the Shark
May 28, 2014
Suddenly, the scarf (or whatever was attaching it from above) slipped, and she fell onto the concrete headfirst.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
The problem with this is that attaching all this shame to sex does end up hurting people.Why We Need to Stop Using the Phrase ‘Walk of Shame’
May 1, 2014
To further complicate things, I insisted on attaching myself as the screenwriter.Jonathan Tropper: How I Write
July 3, 2013
Attaching a cord to this, he let it drift to the shore, driven by the fresh wind.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
He was vexed with himself for attaching so much importance to what Haldin said.Under Western Eyes
The attaching of a stone was necessary, in their experience; it was necessary now.
We replied to them by attaching a white handkerchief to the top of our mast.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
At Chippenham there was a little waiting, and some loosening and attaching of carriages.A Pair of Blue Eyes
- 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 attaching
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 attaching
see no strings attached.