Definition of attach in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈtaCH/


[with object]
1Fasten; join: he made certain that the trailer was securely attached to the van
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  • It was understood by the parties that Berscheid would arrange to have the dashboard attached and then ship the vehicle to Germany at Koneke's expense.
  • You can also attach this to a door to set off the alarm if an intruder tries to get in.
  • It also functions as a 2-inch camera adaptor, allowing cameras to be attached to 2-inch eyepiece holders.
fasten, fix, affix, join, connect, link, couple, secure, make fast, tie, bind, chain;
stick, adhere, glue, fuse;
1.1Fasten (a related document) to another, or to an email: I attach a copy of the memo for your information
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  • Make sure it is printed on good quality A4 size paper and never attach extra documents, letters or certificates - save these for the interview.
  • I attached the document he needed to send and I copied him in so he'd know it had been sent.
  • I am attaching three documents that can be used to circulate this information.
1.2Include (a condition) as part of an agreement: the Commission can attach appropriate conditions to the operation of the agreement
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  • When he first discussed the seminar with a senior officer from another government, there were conditions attached, appropriate rank being one of them.
  • But there were still certain conditions to be attached, so far as most of the female players were concerned.
  • It attached 21 conditions, including the relocation of a planned crèche and nursing home.
1.3 (attach oneself to) Join (someone or something) without being invited: they were all too ready to attach themselves to you for the whole day
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  • Many of the characters in the book - the people he meets and attaches himself to along the way - will be dead in a decade.
  • Now the weaknesses have overwhelmed them and Williams has become a raving, paranoid, conspiratorial embarrassment to himself and to any cause he attaches himself to.
  • You are a princess, and whether you like it or not, you were born for a greater purpose than frolicking around with that no good, filthy lummox you have attached yourself to.
1.4 (usually be attached) Appoint (someone) for special or temporary duties: I was attached to another department
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  • I was attached as security detail to the civil affairs team as they toured the little town nearby.
assign, appoint, allocate, second;
Military  detail
2 (attach something to) Attribute importance or value to: he doesn’t attach too much importance to radical ideas
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  • Another remembered Jawaharlal Nehru's words and said that one should not attach too much importance to winning or losing an election.
  • But fans are still worried that the star players might not attach too much importance to the match and may not show off their real skills.
  • Why do we attach so much importance to things like our computers?
2.1 [no object] (attach to) (Of importance or value) be attributed to: great importance attaches to the family role
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  • However, the 5% rate attaches to the value of the house only, not the contents.
  • The value which attaches to them can - up to a point - be measured in a price tag.
  • Judging whether any value attaches to the use made of it in these other spheres in any case depends on first understanding the ideas themselves.
ascribe, assign, attribute, accredit, impute
3 Law Seize (a person’s property) by legal authority: the court attached his wages for child support
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  • Buffalo City is successfully recovering money from defaulting ratepayers by attaching their properties.
  • To recover the alleged stolen money, he said the unit had attached all Stone's properties here and in Port Elizabeth.
  • They also attached property belonging to Naomi Worth, worth close to a million rand, including a Northcrest house.



Pronunciation: /əˈtaCHəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • So I bought an attachable flash and became the only person with a non-snazzy camera to avoid red eye.
  • If you're planning to use your hand-held computer to write papers, it's best to invest in an attachable pocket keyboard, which sells for about US $100.
  • Anyone intending to write e-mails of any reasonable length is probably going to need an attachable keyboard, for instance, rather than use the built-in keypad.


Middle English (in the sense 'seize by legal authority'): from Old French atachier or estachier 'fasten, fix', based on an element of Germanic origin related to stake1; compare with attack.

  • attack from early 17th century:

    This is from French attaquer (from Italian attaccare ‘join battle’). The base is an element of Germanic origin shared by attach (Middle English); ‘joining’ is a key sense.

Words that rhyme with attach

batch, catch, crosshatch, detach, hatch, latch, match, mismatch, natch, outmatch, patch, scratch, thatch

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Syllabification: at·tach

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