attach

verb
at·​tach | \ə-ˈtach \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for attach

Synonyms

affix, bend, fasten, fix

Antonyms

detach, undo, unfasten, unhook

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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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In home kitchens and in hospitals, Steyn suspended spider webs by a string attached to a nail. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 But the regional delivery charge attached to that base price for market-specific expenses has more than doubled in the U.S. from a year ago to about $433 per metric ton, offsetting the decline in the base price. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Foreign Aluminum Producers Shake Off U.S. Tariffs," 26 Oct. 2018 Amazon likely hopes that offering free shipping with no strings attached to all will convince more people to do most of their holiday shopping online. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for all US holiday shoppers," 5 Nov. 2018 Use safety pins to attach the tail to the back of their clothes. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "These Last-Minute DIY Cat Costumes Are Purr-fect for Halloween," 25 Oct. 2018 Use a plastic straw to attach the small round to one side of the cake for head. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 The Everywhere Bag Despite its minimalist exterior, this carry-all from Away has a slew of handy features, like a pouch to attach it to your suitcase, a removable shoulder strap, and plenty of pockets, including a waterproof one for a wet umbrella. Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Weekender Bags," 26 Sep. 2018 Carbon capture technology is currently available, but often comes with strings attached. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Can Now Make a Carbon-Trapping Mineral in a Lab," 15 Aug. 2018 Remove the husk and any silk threads still attached. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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