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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How to use attach in a sentence
The Luna has eight built-in tie loops to attach a duvet cover so you can further customize the overall look.Best weighted blanket: Sleep like a baby with our comfy bedding picks | PopSci Commerce Team | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
For now, you can only get invited to Clubhouse through your phone number, which is attached to your account and can’t be removed.You’ve been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn’t. | Sara Morrison | February 12, 2021 | Vox
Like this month for us was probably going to be our busiest month with the most games and travel … so if you just attach this to the end of the year, so to speak, then it’s not the best thing in the world to have going into the playoffs either.For first time in three weeks, Capitals could be at full strength Sunday | Samantha Pell | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
It attaches to its intended phones easily, and it can recharge through certain MagSafe-compatible cases.Apple’s new MagSafe wireless charger is down to a new low price today | Ars Staff | February 11, 2021 | Ars Technica
Camera to Cloud works on existing devices like the Teradek CUBE 655, Sound Devices 888 and Scorpio recorders, which can be attached to compatible cameras from Arri, RED and Sony.Frame.io streamlines film production with ‘camera to cloud’ video uploads | Anthony Ha | February 11, 2021 | TechCrunch
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 | William Boot | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The House and Senate write up the fix the White House wants, but they attach it to something Obama hates.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Harley Morenstein | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Good luck and pray that Karma doesn't attach a Freddy Krueger like scarletletter to your entire body.Most Creative ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments on the FCC Website | Abby Haglage | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Texians laughed at the fanfarronades of the dons, and did not attach sufficient importance to these formidable preparations.
Still, I didn't attach any significance to the matter until later, when we visited the kennels.Uncanny Tales | Various
What a capital thing it would be surely, if the police could attach some of these spirits to their force!Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts | George Cruikshank
To these men of heart and of talent Lucien de Rubempre, the poet, sought to attach himself.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Those who attach a high value to original and comprehensive thought will scarcely consider him entitled to such an epithet.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
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
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with attach
see no strings attached.
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