attach

[ uh-tach ]
/ əˈtætʃ /

verb (used with object)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM attach

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH attach

attach attaché

Definition for attaches (2 of 2)

attaché
[ a-ta-shey, at-uh- or, esp. British, uh-tash-ey ]
/ æ tæˈʃeɪ, ˌæt ə- or, esp. British, əˈtæʃ eɪ /

noun

a diplomatic official attached to an embassy or legation, especially in a technical capacity: a commercial attaché; a cultural attaché.
a military officer who is assigned to a diplomatic post in a foreign country in order to gather military information: an air attaché; an army attaché; a naval attaché.
Also at·ta·che. attaché case.

Origin of attaché

1825–35; < French: literally, attached, past participle of attacher to attach

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH attaché

attach attaché
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Examples from the Web for attaches

British Dictionary definitions for attaches (1 of 2)

attaché
/ (əˈtæʃeɪ, French ataʃe) /

noun

a specialist attached to a diplomatic missionmilitary attaché
British a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation

Word Origin for attaché

C19: from French: someone attached (to a mission), from attacher to attach

British Dictionary definitions for attaches (2 of 2)

attach
/ (əˈtætʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of attach

attachable, 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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Culture definitions for attaches

attaché
[ (a-ta-shay, at-uh-shay) ]

A diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate. Most attachés have specialties, such as military attachés, cultural attachés, economic attachés, and so forth.

notes for attaché

Some nations disguise spies as attachés.
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Idioms and Phrases with attaches

attach

see no strings attached.

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