ap·​pend | \ ə-ˈpend How to pronounce append (audio) \
appended; appending; appends

Definition of append

transitive verb

1 : attach, affix appended a diagram to the instructions
2 : to add as a supplement or appendix (as in a book) notes appended to each chapter

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Append is a somewhat formal word. Lawyers, for example, often speak of appending items to other documents, and lawmakers frequently append small bills to big ones, hoping that everyone will be paying attention only to the main part of the big bill and won't notice. When we append a small separate section to the end of a report or a book, we call it an appendix. But in the early years of email, the words we decided on were attach and attachment, probably because appendixes are thought of as unimportant, whereas the attachment is often the whole reason for sending an email.

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append the prefix “un-” to each of these words
Recent Examples on the Web But attackers were able to inconspicuously append a malicious script to the file without impacting Microsoft's stamp of approval. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 5 Jan. 2022 This lack of basic, seemingly simple technology creates an uneven playing field that requires other teams to append additional processes to keep everyone working at the same pace at the expense of maximizing potential productivity. Jens Gamperl, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Zaha Hadid drew up an unbuilt scheme to take the building down to its skeleton, add 40 floors, and (if the rendering was to be believed) somehow magically append a nonexistent park in front. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 12 Aug. 2021 Facebook chose to append a generic label to most of that content rather than ban it. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 For anyone hoping to get rich off viral videos, then, the incentive to append hashtags, corny or not, is strong. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Lawmakers also wish to append a coronavirus relief bill to this omnibus measure, and congressional leaders are still negotiating that deal. Grace Segers, CBS News, 19 Dec. 2020 Some said they were brutally forced to sign or append their fingerprints on their own deportation orders. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, 11 Nov. 2020 Quote tweets append a tweet to a user's commentary about it. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of append

circa 1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for append

Latin appendere, to hang, weigh out, from ad- + pendere to weigh — more at pendant

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The first known use of append was circa 1509

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“Append.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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ap·​pend | \ ə-ˈpend How to pronounce append (audio) \
appended; appending

Kids Definition of append

: to add as something extra append a postscript

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