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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Akers then allegedly struck him on the bridge of his nose with the vacuum cleaner attachment, the report said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Florida woman allegedly hit husband with vacuum cleaner part: report," 28 Sep. 2018 But their attachment to the land was deep, transcending economics. New York Times, "Reviving Ancient Spanish Vineyards, Building New Traditions," 24 May 2018 Another stroller manufacturer, UPPAbaby, (frequently seen pushed by celebs on the pages of Us Weekly) lines their bassinet stroller attachments with fabric made from organic soybean and cotton fiber. Chanie Kirschner, Woman's Day, "Do Eco-Friendly Baby Strollers Exist?," 13 Oct. 2010 In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or by hand, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar at medium speed, about three to five minutes. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on low speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese at high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Teri Mena, sacbee, "Dessert anxiety? Pie keeps you chill," 10 July 2018 If using a stand mixer, switch to the paddle attachment. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 1 cup of the sugar and the butter together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This rhubarb almond coffee cake is a treat fit for any Alaska summer soiree," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of attachment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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