at·​tached | \ə-ˈtacht \

Definition of attached 

1 : connected or joined to something see the attached document a house with an attached garage

2 : emotionally connected : having strong feelings of affection or connection These are happy and well-adjusted children who are very attached to their adoptive family.— Micky Duxbury

3 : permanently fixed when adult attached barnacles

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Synonyms & Antonyms for attached


affected, fond, inclined, partial


allergic, averse, disinclined

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Examples of attached in a Sentence

Please fill out the attached application. Please see the document attached. The house has an attached garage. We both became very attached to the cat.
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Since 1970, only nine such houses were built in the city, according to tax records, except on Staten Island, where there has been a building boom of narrow attached houses in suburban neighborhoods. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "What’s 8 Feet Wide and Has an Elevator? Manhattan’s Tiniest Fancy Townhouses," 1 Nov. 2018 My attached friends flooded my inbox with questions. Jackie Bryant, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saying Goodbye to Your Future, Along with Your Marriage," 4 Sep. 2018 Their detachment is astonishing, because to be at Roland Garros is to become attached to it. New York Times, "In Paris, a Mosaic of Sport and Art," 4 June 2018 To get too attached to New York is to invite the city to break your heart, over and over again. Bill Hayes, New York Times, "The Landmarks That Made New York a Cultural Capital," 17 Apr. 2018 Several early tests with dummy bombs were a dud because the bats woke too late (causing them to plummet ingloriously to the ground once released) or too soon (before their cargo had been attached and allowing them to escape the base). Lucy Cooke, Washington Post, "The batty, explosive history of bats in the military — and why this new idea just might work," 2 July 2018 That’s because the latest microphones and their attached microprocessors process human speech in the gadget itself, without connecting to the cloud. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere," 12 July 2018 Blake McKee, with developer Skybridge Companies LLC, said his company wants to purchase about 7½ acres and build single-family attached homes, such as townhomes. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 The attached office building has been empty since 2004. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony's $89 million concert hall will have huge impact on downtown's west side," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of attached

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of attached was in 1734

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English Language Learners Definition of attached

: connected or joined to something

: emotionally connected : having strong feelings of affection

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