attach

at•tach
[[t]əˈtætʃ[/t]] v. t.
1) to fasten or affix; join; connect:
to attach papers with a staple[/ex]
2) to join in action or function; make part of:
to attach oneself to a group[/ex]
3) mil to place on temporary duty with a military unit
4) to include as a quality or condition of something:
One proviso is attached to this legacy[/ex]
5) to assign or attribute:
to attach significance to a gesture[/ex]
6) to bind by ties of affection, regard, or the like
7) law to take (persons or property) by legal authority
8) Obs. to lay hold of; seize
9) to adhere; pertain; belong (usu. fol. by to or upon):
No blame attaches to him[/ex]
Etymology: 1300–50; OF atachier to fasten, alter. of estachier to fasten with or to a stake < Gmc *stakka stake I at•tach′a•ble, adj. at•tach′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • attach — at·tach vb [Anglo French attacher to lodge (an action in court), seize (a person or property) by legal authority, from Old French atachier to fasten, fix, alteration of estachier, from estache stake] vt 1: to obtain a court order against… …   Law dictionary

  • attach — at‧tach [əˈtætʆ] verb [transitive] 1. if conditions are attached to an agreement, they are added to it and made a part of it: • The US government has attached conditions to economic aid. 2. if there are benefits, rights etc attached to something …   Financial and business terms

  • attach — [ə tach′] vt. [ME attachen < OFr atacher, altered by substitution of prefix < estachier, to attach < estache, a post, stake < Frank * stakka: see STICK] 1. to fasten by sticking, tying, etc. 2. to make (a person or thing) part of;… …   English World dictionary

  • Attach — At*tach , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attaching}.] [OF. atachier, F. attacher, to tie or fasten: cf. Celt. tac, tach, nail, E. tack a small nail, tack to fasten. Cf. {Attack}, and see {Tack}.] 1. To bind, fasten, tie, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attach — [v1] join, fasten add, adhere, affix, annex, append, bind, connect, couple, fix, hitch on, hitch up, hook on, hook up, latch onto, link, make fast, prefix, rivet, secure, slap on*, stick, tag on*, tie, unite; concepts 85,113,160 Ant. detach,… …   New thesaurus

  • Attach — At*tach , v. i. 1. To adhere; to be attached. [1913 Webster] The great interest which attaches to the mere knowledge of these facts cannot be doubted. Brougham. [1913 Webster] 2. To come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attach'e — At ta*ch[ e] , n. [F., p. p. of attacher. See {Attach}, v. t.] One attached to another person or thing, as a part of a suite or staff. Specifically: One attached to an embassy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attach — (v.) mid 14c. (mid 13c. in Anglo Latin), to take or seize (property or goods) by law, a legal term, from O.Fr. atachier (11c.), earlier estachier to attach, fix; stake up, support (Fr. attacher, It. attaccare), perhaps from a to + Frankish… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Attach — At*tach , n. An attachment. [Obs.] Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attach — 1 *arrest, apprehend, detain Analogous words: seize, *take, grab: capture, *catch Contrasted words: release, discharge, deliver, *free 2 *fasten, a …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attach — ► VERB 1) fasten; join. 2) include (a condition) as part of an agreement. 3) assign or attribute. 4) appoint (someone) for special or temporary duties. 5) Law, archaic seize (a person or property) by legal authority. DERIVATIVES attachable …   English terms dictionary

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