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.
- at·tach·a·ble, adjective
- at·tach·er, noun
- re·at·tach, verb
- re·at·tach·a·ble, adjective
- un·at·tach·a·ble, adjective
- attach , attaché
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British Dictionary definitions for attach
to join, fasten, or connect
(reflexive or passive) to become associated with or join, as in a business or other venture: he attached himself to the expedition
(intr foll by to) to be inherent (in) or connected (with): responsibility attaches to the job
to attribute or ascribe: to attach importance to an event
to include or append, esp as a condition: a 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
- attachable, adjective
- attacher, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with attach
see no strings attached.
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