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/ əˈtætʃ /
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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.
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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 *stakkastake1) + -ier infinitive suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM attach
at·tach·a·ble, adjectiveat·tach·er, nounre·at·tach, verbre·at·tach·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH attachattach , attaché
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How to use attach in a sentence
He sorted and arranged the varied contents, and with a screwdriver and a longer screw reattached the button.Jerry of the Islands|Jack London
When they had made everything strong and secure, they went to the top of the comb and reattached it to the ceiling of the hive.The Dawn of Reason|James Weir
With admirable agility the tinker reattached the limb, and the pedlar went on his way rejoicing.The Gypsy's Parson|George Hall
It felt like I'd amputated part of myself and it had been reattached.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Rightly translated, it is: “Also when he desired the bonnet-sail to be reattached to the sail, he showed three fires.”The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522|Antonio Pigafetta
British Dictionary definitions for attach
/ (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 forms of attachattachable, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with attach
see no strings attached.
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