Simple Definition of attach
: to fasten or join one thing to another
: to be or become joined or connected
: to associate or connect one thing with another
Full Definition of attach
1 : to take by legal authority especially under a writ <attached the property>
2 a : to bring (oneself) into an association <attached herself to their cause> b : to assign (an individual or unit in the military) temporarily
3 : to bind by personal ties (as of affection or sympathy) <was strongly attached to his family>
4 : to make fast (as by tying or gluing) <attach a label to a package>
5 : to associate especially as a property or an attribute : ascribe <attached great importance to public opinion polls>
Examples of attach in a sentence
I've attached an application to the brochure for you.
She attached a note to the package.
I attached the file to the e-mail.
The handle attaches here on the top.
Origin of attach
Middle English, from Anglo-French attacher, alteration of Old French estachier, from estache stake, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English staca stake
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of attach
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Definition of attach for Students
1 : to fasten or join one thing to another <The boy attached a bell to his bicycle.>
2 : to bind by feelings of affection <… Marty's got awful attached to that dog … — Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh>
3 : to think of as belonging to something <Attach no importance to his remark.>
Legal Definition of attach
1 : to obtain a court order against (property of another person) that directs an officer of the court (as a sheriff) to seize or take control of the property — compare garnish, levy Editor's note: A plaintiff may attach a defendant's property as a way of obtaining jurisdiction for the purpose of bringing a lawsuit or to prevent the defendant from getting rid of property that may be needed to pay a judgment to the plaintiff.
2 : to join or make a part of <affidavits attached to the suit — Rosalind Resnick>
3 : to create a security interest in (property) and so acquire the right to foreclose on or otherwise deal with property for payment of a debt and to exercise one's rights in the property against third parties — see also security interest at interest 1 — compare perfect
: to become effective: as a : to come into existence as a security interest <from the date the interest attaches> b : to become operative esp. as a right <the right to counsel attaches only at or after the initiation of adversary judicial proceedings — United States v. Gouveia, 467 U.S. 180 (1984)> — see also jeopardy
Origin of attach
Anglo-French attacher to lodge (an action in court), seize (a person or property) by legal authority, from Old French atachier to fasten, fix, alteration of estachier, from estache stake
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