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verb at·tach \ə-ˈtach\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take by legal authority especially under a writ <attached the property>

  3. 2 a :  to bring (oneself) into an association <attached herself to their cause> b :  to assign (an individual or unit in the military) temporarily

  4. 3 :  to bind by personal ties (as of affection or sympathy) <was strongly attached to his family>

  5. 4 :  to make fast (as by tying or gluing) <attach a label to a package>

  6. 5 :  to associate especially as a property or an attribute :  ascribe <attached great importance to public opinion polls>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to become attached :  adhere

at·tach·ableplay \-ˈta-chə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of attach

  1. I've attached an application to the brochure for you.

  2. She attached a note to the package.

  3. I attached the file to the e-mail.

  4. 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

fasten, fix, attach, affix mean to make something stay firmly in place. fasten implies an action such as tying, buttoning, nailing, locking, or otherwise securing <fasten the reins to a post>. fix usually implies a driving in, implanting, or embedding <fixed the stake in the ground>. attach suggests a connecting or uniting by a bond, link, or tie in order to keep things together <attach the W-2 form here>. affix implies an imposing of one thing on another by gluing, impressing, or nailing <affix your address label here>.


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