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 e-mail 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for attachment

Synonyms

affection, devotedness, devotion, fondness, love, passion

Antonyms

abomination, hate, hatred, loathing, rancor

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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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Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until pale yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Los Angeles Times, "If you like salted caramel, you’ll love this pound cake," 3 Sep. 2019 Because of a variety of factors - genetics, trauma, peer behavior - some teens develop a strong attachment to the products, bonds that are unshakable even in the face of escalating consequences. Author: Moriah Balingit, Anchorage Daily News, "E-cigarettes spawn a form of teen addiction that worries doctors, parents and schools," 26 July 2019 Or email them to peopleonmove@ orlandosentinel.com with photos as .jpg attachments. Joe Rassel, orlandosentinel.com, "People on the move," 13 June 2019 Some white voters who feel a strong attachment to their race have called on Congress to pass a law designating one month of the year as White History Month. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a “Straight Pride” parade," 5 June 2019 Some white voters who feel a strong attachment to their race have called on Congress to pass a law designating one month of the year as White History Month. oregonlive.com, "It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a ‘Straight Pride’ parade," 4 June 2019 In the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip the 4 egg whites on medium speed. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Outerlands’ Toasted Coconut Tres Leches Cake," 13 Sep. 2019 These days, most of the Gators’ and Hurricanes’ coaches and players, along with many fans under the age of 40, do not have a strong emotional attachment to the one-time rival, much less a stockpile of memories. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida, Miami renew rivalry with a rich history mostly lost on current Gators, 'Canes," 22 Aug. 2019 But of more than 20 people who addressed the commission, most supported demolition, even though some acknowledged having an emotional attachment to the old dance studio. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s historic commission approves demolition of beloved but crumbling dance studio," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of attachment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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.

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 attach (audio) \ verb

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