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

Definition of attach

transitive verb

1 : to take by legal authority especially under a writ attached the property
2a : 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 e-mail 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

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Other Words from attach

attachable \ ə-​ˈta-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce attachable (audio) \ adjective

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The process does not attach anything that could uniquely identify the device or its user, although the location tag can be as accurate as a few meters, depending on the quality of a gadget’s GPS signal. Tom Simonite, Wired, "This Camera App Is Designed to Fight Fake News," 15 Oct. 2020 Esper did not attach a price tag to the mammoth effort, which will have to be carried out by future administration and will face considerable budget headwinds, even in the short term. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Tons more subs, carriers, and robot ships, as Esper details vision for ‘Battle Force 2045’ and a 500-ship Navy to counter China," 7 Oct. 2020 Friends and neighbors also can use creative ways to distribute candy, such as using clothespins to attach individual bags of treats or packages of cookies, candy or chips to a rope rather than handing out treats. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Get creative for Halloween during this pandemic year: West Shore Chatter," 29 Sep. 2020 For example, Levitt said, Trump could attach strings to pandemic relief money the government has provided hospitals, prohibiting them from billing patients for disputed charges -- though such a policy might face legal challenges. Justin Sink,, "Trump Preps Health Orders as Opponents Demand Obamacare Plan," 24 Sep. 2020 Cut your umbrella in half and use black safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a black hoodie. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "What Should I Be for Halloween This Year? Take This Quiz to Find Out," 17 Sep. 2020 Some of these pieces have buttons sewn on the sides that masks can attach to. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020 The county can attach conditions to the approval of a waiver, such as requiring that elementary schools reopen in phases. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "State gives more details for how San Diego County elementary schools can reopen," 4 Aug. 2020 Use a glue gun to attach the sponge pieces onto cardboard. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Week six: Make animal tracks," 29 July 2020

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First Known Use of attach

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for attach

Middle English, from Anglo-French attacher, alteration of Old French estachier, from estache stake, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English staca stake

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20 Oct 2020

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“Attach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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

Kids Definition of attach

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

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 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 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

Other Words from attach

attachable adjective
attachment noun

History and Etymology for 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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