attach

verb
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 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

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Other Words from attach

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for attach

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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 Rather, they’re meant to give kids a way to move around and interact with their peers, without the stigma that might attach to being in a powered wheelchair. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2021 Satechi sells an adhesive sticker ($10) that can attach to the back of phones like the iPhone 11. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 1 Oct. 2021 LeafFilter is installed directly onto your existing gutter system with hidden structural hangers that attach securely to the fascia board for additional reinforcement. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2021 The fasteners that attach the shock mount bracket to the underside of the vehicle frame may fail, possibly resulting in a broken shock mount bracket and bumper detachment. Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2021 The trophozoite divides by binary fission and makes thousands of copies of itself that attach to the lining of the small intestine. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021 Somewhat differing policies Social investing policies, like beauty, are somewhat in the eye of the beholder, as any two people might not attach the same importance to the same issue. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 Some of these medications block11 the receptors on cells so that cytokines can’t attach to them. Stephanie Watso, SELF, 27 Aug. 2021 When a person on Chantix smokes, the nicotine cannot attach to the receptors. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 19 Aug. 2021

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

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“Attach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attach. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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attach

verb

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

attach

verb
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.

attach

verb
at·​tach

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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