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 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

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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If attached, your charisma prevents many squabbles. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 15 Aug. 2019 There were parameters that had to be accommodated—how much PVC pipe could be used, for example, or how the SeaPerch would achieve buoyancy and account for turbidity, or where its controller could be attached. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "A Summer Camp for the Next Generation of N.S.A. Agents," 15 Aug. 2019 Not included in the sale was first-floor retail that is attached to the building. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland.com, "W.T. Grant Lofts in downtown Cleveland sell for $9.9 million," 15 Aug. 2019 For the producer and star, making things work meant anchoring herself to the series through multiple network handoffs — first at AMC, then YouTube, then Showtime, at one point with The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos attached to helm. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Kirsten Dunst on her bonkers new TV series — and blissfully weird trip through Hollywood," 15 Aug. 2019 Trim tabs, which are attached to the hull, provide control and stability for the boat. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Nathan Carman trial: insurance company lawyer says it was ‘predictable’ that boat would sink after Carman made changes," 13 Aug. 2019 Some of the stations also have a hose attached that can be used to fill freestanding water bowls or to clean up dirty dogs. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Paw Park: Sanford spot draws inspiration from dogs," 13 Aug. 2019 Officials said dogs are particularly susceptible to blue-green algae poisoning because the scum can attach to their coats and be swallowed during self-cleaning. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "The algae that killed 3 dogs has been found in Ohio. Here's what you should know.," 12 Aug. 2019 Adams-Geller says that having her name attached to the brand made all the difference. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Paige Adams-Geller, Founder and Creative Director of PAIGE," 12 Aug. 2019

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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 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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