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 formsmis·ap·pend·ed, adjectiveun·ap·pend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for append

affix, annex, fix, conjoin, hang, attach, supplement, adjoin, fasten, subjoin

Examples from the Web for append

Contemporary Examples of append

  • Just append “/tweber/socialmedia” to your search terms when using Blekko.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Testing the New Google Killer

    Thomas E. Weber

    November 3, 2010

  • Random House lawyers were not so convinced and told him to append a complete list of citations at the back of the book.

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    Have We Given Up on Fiction?

    Tom Shone

    March 17, 2010

Historical Examples of append

  • I append her experience as nearly as possible as she is stated to have told it.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • They contain so much valuable information we are induced to append them.


    Solon Robinson

  • I append a brief report of one case which came under my own observation.

  • Get it translated, and append it as a note to the next edition.

  • It has only seemed feasible to append some comparisons with Yuki and Miwok beliefs.

    Pomo Bear Doctors

    Samuel Alfred Barrett

British Dictionary definitions for append


verb (tr)

to add as a supplementto append a footnote
to attach; hang on

Word Origin for append

C15: from Late Latin appendere to hang (something) from, from Latin pendere to hang
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 append

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