- 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 attach
We have a specific idea to attach to THE INTERVIEW that will crush.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Destiny’s Child and Kanye West Movies, and Spidey Cameo in Capt. 3
December 14, 2014
The House and Senate write up the fix the White House wants, but they attach it to something Obama hates.The GOP Could Make Obama Kill Obamacare
November 10, 2014
In DBS, a neurosurgeon implants electrodes in the brain that attach to a “pacemaker” for the brain.The Burden Robin Williams Carried: Diagnosed With Parkinson’s and Depression
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
August 15, 2014
Using skewers/tooth picks, attach monkey bread, Cinnabons, and churros to battleship.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
“Attach Form(s) W-2” would be an exercise in the stapling of nothingness.Up to a Point: I Do My Own Taxes With No Help, Except From a Couple of Bloody Marys
P. J. O’Rourke
April 15, 2014
Porter laughed at the idea that responsibility could attach to Crane.
I'll attach the money to the note, and put them away together.
Let not the penance for a rashness, to which fate urges me on, attach to my country, but to me.Leila, Complete
They were timid, but on the whole disposed to attach themselves to me.Little Dorrit
An attach from the French Embassy was waiting to speak to me on urgent business.My Double Life
- 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 attach
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 attach
see no strings attached.