Definition of attach in English:

attach

Syllabification: at·tach
Pronunciation: /əˈtaCH
 
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verb

[with object]
1Fasten; join: he made certain that the trailer was securely attached to the van
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
fasten, fix, affix, join, connect, link, couple, secure, make fast, tie, bind, chain;
stick, adhere, glue, fuse;
append
1.1Fasten (a related document) to another, or to an e-mail: 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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

attachable

adjective
More 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.

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