[ uh-tach ]
/ əˈtætʃ /
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
at·tach·a·ble, adjectiveat·tach·er, nounre·at·tach, verbre·at·tach·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedattach attaché
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Examples from the Web for reattach
Based on my own reattach I had no choice but to agree with these conservative claims.
Officials said they believed Wood slipped off the yacht when she went on deck to reattach a dinghy that came loose.L.A. Sheriff Reopens Natalie Wood Drowning Probe, Citing New Information|Christine Pelisek|November 18, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for reattach
/ (əˈtætʃ) /
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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Idioms and Phrases with reattach
see no strings attached.
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