attachment

noun
at·​tach·​ment | \ ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce attachment (audio) \
plural attachments

Definition of attachment

1 : a seizure by legal process also : the writ or precept commanding such seizure
2a : the state of being personally attached : fidelity attachment to a cause
b : affectionate regard a deep attachment to nature
c psychology : a strong emotional bond that an infant forms with a caregiver (such as a mother) especially when viewed as a basis for normal emotional and social development Of course, the mother provides food and warmth, but for the purposes of attachment what really matters is the sense of safety, comfort, and refuge the mother provides.— Henry Gleitman et al. also : the process by which an infant forms such an emotional bond Healthy attachment, via attuned parenting, equips human beings for resilience, success, and emotional, psychological, and physiological well-being. — Lindsey Porter
3 : a device attached to a machine or implement
4 : the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another
5 : the process of physically attaching
6 : a separate document or file that is included and sent with an electronic message (such as an email or text message) The trick to sending attachments successfully is to know what e-mail program and operating system your recipient uses.— Adam C. Engst

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Examples of attachment in a Sentence

The vacuum cleaner attachments help clean in tight spaces. I need a longer attachment for the drill. I'll send the document as an attachment to my next e-mail.
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Recent Examples on the Web Plus, there's an upholstery attachment for couches and a crevice tool to get into tight spots. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The wearying effect of emotional attachment and longing set against constant war and dispersal are sharper. New York Times, 17 Sep. 2021 These types of brands would benefit from advanced marketing that encourages emotional attachment and feelings of prestige. Matthew Lopes, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In the trailer, Samir can be seen donning a patka, a head covering worn by Sikh boys, and a kara, a steel or cast iron bangle that signifies an unbreakable attachment and commitment to god in the Sikh faith. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 27 Aug. 2021 Spread on ice cream or, if desired, spoon into pastry bag with star tip attachment and pipe onto pie. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Anchoring yourself, by creating feelings of security and safety, is an important attachment and coping skill that can help with resilience. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 Save as an attachment and email to the Formal Complaint Officer at formalcomplaint@oag.texas.gov. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, 25 June 2021 At Cascadia, where counselors often focus on clients’ behavioral health, psychological issues around abandonment, attachment and past traumatic relationships complicate the work. oregonlive, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of attachment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Attachment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attachment. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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attachment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attachment

: an extra part that can be used with a machine to make it do a particular job
: strong feelings of affection or loyalty for someone or something
: a document or file that is sent with e-mail

attachment

noun
at·​tach·​ment | \ ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce attachment (audio) \

Kids Definition of attachment

1 : connection by feelings of affection or regard The children had a strong attachment to their grandmother.
2 : an extra part that can be attached to a machine or tool vacuum cleaner attachments
3 : a connection by which one thing is joined to another The attachment that connects the oar to the rowboat is broken.
4 : a document or file that is sent with email

attachment

noun
at·​tach·​ment | \ ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce attachment (audio) \

Medical Definition of attachment

1 : a strong emotional bond that an infant forms with a caregiver (such as a mother) especially when viewed as a basis for normal emotional and social development also : the process by which an infant forms an attachment
2 : the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another sever the attachments of a muscle to a bone

Other Words from attachment

attach \ ə-​ˈtach How to pronounce attachment (audio) \ verb

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