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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attachverb

    cause to be attached

  2. attachverb

    be attached; be in contact with

  3. attachverb

    become attached

    "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"

  4. bind, tie, attach, bondverb

    create social or emotional ties

    "The grandparents want to bond with the child"

  5. impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seizeverb

    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

    "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"


  1. attachverb

    To arrest, seize.

  2. attachverb

    To fasten, to join to (literally and figuratively).

    You need to attach the carabiner to your harness.

  3. Etymology: From atachier (French: attacher, Italian: attaccare, Spanish: atacar, Portuguese atacar).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ATTACHverb

    1.To arrest; to take or apprehend by commandment or writ. John Cowell

    Etymology: attacher, Fr.

    Eftsoons the guard, which on his state did wait,
    Attach’d that traitor false, and bound him strait. Fairy Q.

    The Tower was chosen, that if Clifford should accuse great ones, they might, without suspicion or noise, be presently attached. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Bohemia greets you,
    Desires you to attach his son, who has
    His dignity and duty both cast off. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    You, lord archbishop, and you, lord Mowbray,
    Of capital treason I attach you both. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    France hath flaw’d the league, and hath attach’d
    Our merchants goods at Bourdeaux. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I cannot blame thee,
    Who am myself attach’d with weariness,
    To th’ dulling of my spirits. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Songs, garlands, flow’rs,
    And charming symphonies, attach’d the heart
    Of Adam. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    The great and rich depend on those whom their power or their wealth attaches to them. John Rogers.


  1. attach

    To fasten, join, or connect something to another, usually by sticking, tying, or nailing. It can also refer to associating or linking ideas, feelings or emotions to someone or something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attachverb

    to bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join; as, to attach one thing to another by a string, by glue, or the like

  2. Attachverb

    to connect; to place so as to belong; to assign by authority; to appoint; as, an officer is attached to a certain regiment, company, or ship

  3. Attachverb

    to win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; -- with to; as, attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery

  4. Attachverb

    to connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; -- with to; as, to attach great importance to a particular circumstance

  5. Attachverb

    to take, seize, or lay hold of

  6. Attachverb

    to take by legal authority: (a) To arrest by writ, and bring before a court, as to answer for a debt, or a contempt; -- applied to a taking of the person by a civil process; being now rarely used for the arrest of a criminal. (b) To seize or take (goods or real estate) by virtue of a writ or precept to hold the same to satisfy a judgment which may be rendered in the suit. See Attachment, 4

  7. Attachverb

    to adhere; to be attached

  8. Attachverb

    to come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest; as, dower will attach

  9. Attachnoun

    an attachment

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attach

    at-tach′, v.t. to bind or fasten: to seize: to gain over: to connect, associate: to join to in action or function: (Shak.) to arrest.—v.i. to adhere, to be fastened upon: (rare) to come into effect.—adj. Attach′able.—p.adj. Attached′, fastened, fixed, joined by taste or affection (with to), fond, devoted to.—n. Attach′ment, a bond of fidelity or affection: the seizure of any one's goods or person by virtue of a legal process. [O. Fr. atachier, from à (—L. ad), and the root of Tack (q.v.).]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. attach

    1. The placement of units or personnel in an organization where such placement is relatively temporary. 2. The detailing of individuals to specific functions where such functions are secondary or relatively temporary, e.g., attached for quarters and rations; attached for flying duty. See also assign.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. attach

    To place, to appoint. Officers and non-commissioned officers are said to be attached to the respective army, regiment, battalion, troop, or company with which they are appointed to act.

Editors Contribution

  1. attach

    To connect.

    They did always attach their documents to their emails and meeting invites, they are so efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attach' in Verbs Frequency: #409

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attach in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attach in a Sentence

  1. Sergio Canavero:

    Once I attach a new body, I fully expect the head and body to adapt to each other.

  2. Welfare Matthew Cheung:

    We attach great importance to protecting The Hong Kong authorities well-being, and ensure that The Hong Kong authorities labor rights are fully respected.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.

  4. Imam Ali-Ibn-Abi-Talib, Nahjul-Balgha (Peak of Eloquence), saying no1:

    1. During civil disturbance adopt such an attitude that people do not attach any importance to you - they neither burden you with complicated affairs, nor try to derive any advantage out of you.

  5. Theodore Andreadis:

    Examine yourself closely when you leave the area because these ticks will attach and begin to feed very quickly, they like to attach around the waist, behind your knees, and even below your hairline. You want to check yourself quite closely.

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