joined; connected; bound.
having a wall in common with another building (opposed to detached): an attached house.
Zoology. permanently fixed to the substratum; sessile.

Nearby words

  1. attaboy,
  2. attacca,
  3. attach,
  4. attachable,
  5. attache,
  6. attached gingiva,
  7. attachment,
  8. attachment disorder,
  9. attachment of earnings,
  10. attachment parenting

Origin of attached

First recorded in 1545–55; attach + -ed2

Related formsnon·at·tached, adjectiveo·ver·at·tached, adjectivewell-at·tached, adjective



verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to adhere; pertain; belong (usually followed by to or upon): No blame attaches to him.

Origin of attach

1300–50; Middle English atachen < Anglo-French atacher to seize, Old French atachier to fasten, alteration of estachier to fasten with or to a stake, equivalent to estach(e) (< Germanic *stakka stake1) + -ier infinitive suffix

Related forms
Can be confusedattach attaché Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for attached

British Dictionary definitions for attached



(foll by to) fond (of); full of regard (for)he was very attached to the old lady
married, engaged, or associated in an exclusive sexual relationshipit's no good dancing with her, she's already attached


verb (mainly tr)

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
Derived Formsattachable, adjectiveattacher, noun

Word Origin for attach

C14: from Old French atachier to fasten, changed from estachier to fasten with a stake, from estache stake 1

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Word Origin and History for attached
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Idioms and Phrases with attached


see no strings attached.

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