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1 to cause (something) to hold to another
  • you can attach the buttons to the puppet with fabric glue

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2 to pick (someone) by one's authority for a specific position or duty
  • attached the colonel to the new regiment

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3 to take ownership or control of (something) by right of one's authority
  • attached the house for nonpayment of property taxes

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How is the word attach distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of attach are affix, fasten, and fix. While all these words mean "to make something stay firmly in place," attach suggests a connecting or uniting by a bond, link, or tie in order to keep things together.

attach the W-2 form here

When could affix be used to replace attach?

The words affix and attach can be used in similar contexts, but affix implies an imposing of one thing on another by gluing, impressing, or nailing.

affix your address label here

Where would fasten be a reasonable alternative to attach?

In some situations, the words fasten and attach are roughly equivalent. However, fasten implies an action such as tying, buttoning, nailing, locking, or otherwise securing.

fasten the reins to a post

When is it sensible to use fix instead of attach?

The synonyms fix and attach are sometimes interchangeable, but fix usually implies a driving in, implanting, or embedding.

fixed the stake in the ground

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

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“Attach.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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