attach

verb

at·​tach ə-ˈtach How to pronounce attach (audio)
attached; attaching; attaches

transitive verb

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
6
: to include and send (a separate document or file) with an electronic message (such as an email or text message)
Unlike … some other social networking hubs, Beejive allows you to attach photos or videos to a message, or download files from messages, just as you would via e-mail.Bob Tedeschi
attachable adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Open the faucet attached to the frozen pipe to allow water to flow through and relieve pressure buildup. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2024 Developers can’t build new, permanent lots attached to their building projects. Sydney Franklin, The Enquirer, 12 June 2024 Once attached, the metal or plastic part manipulates the gun's trigger bar, turning the weapon from a semiautomatic, which requires a pull of the trigger for each shot fired, into a fully automatic weapon in which numerous shots can be fired by depressing the trigger and holding it, experts said. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 12 June 2024 The rope was attached to the mast, and the swimmer tied the loose end to a tree; then the crew dragged the boat forward, one thousand-foot rope length at a time. Boyce Upholt, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for attach 

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of attach was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Attach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attach. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

attach

verb
at·​tach ə-ˈtach How to pronounce attach (audio)
1
: to take money or property by legal authority especially to gain or force payment of a debt
attach a person's salary
2
: to fasten or join one thing to another
attach a light to a bicycle
attach a file to an email
3
: to tie or bind by feelings of affection
the children were attached to their dog
4
: to assign (an individual or unit in the military) temporarily
attach an officer to a headquarters
5
: to think of as belonging to something
attach no importance to a remark
attachable adjective

Legal Definition

attach

verb
at·​tach

transitive verb

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

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 suitRosalind 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 sense 1 compare perfect

intransitive verb

: to become effective: as
a
: to come into existence as a security interest
from the date the interest attaches
b
: to become operative especially as a right
the right to counsel attaches only at or after the initiation of adversary judicial proceedingsUnited States v. Gouveia, 467 U.S. 180 (1984)
see also jeopardy
attachable adjective
attachment noun
Etymology

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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