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[uh-pend] /əˈpɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin:
to append a note to a letter.
to attach or suspend as a pendant.
to sign a document with; affix:
to append one's signature to a will.
Origin of append
1640-50; < Latin appendere, equivalent to ap- ap1 + -pendere to hang (transitive)
Related forms
misappended, adjective
unappended, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for append
  • Then append the verified evidence or follow up provided by the aggrieved party.
  • They can append a comment to every review of their business.
  • The nuanced decision prompted the judge to append an afterword.
  • Then, for each site append the first three letters of the name of the site.
  • To get the encoded message, copy down the entire first row and append the entire second row.
  • Feel free to append any of your own imagined notes in the comments.
  • In my discipline it is typical to append citations of reviews an abbreviated form.
  • To append a moral to a work of fiction is either useless or superfluous.
  • The disclaimers corporations append to the end of e-mails and movie studios put on screeners can't deter everyone.
  • We always append a little note to our click polls reminding readers that the polls aren't scientific.
British Dictionary definitions for append


verb (transitive)
to add as a supplement: to append a footnote
to attach; hang on
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin appendere to hang (something) from, from Latin pendere to hang
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Word Origin and History for append

late 14c., "to belong to as a possession or right," from Old French apendre (13c.) belong, be dependent (on); attach (oneself) to; hang, hang up," and directly from Latin appendere "to cause to hang (from something), weigh," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).

Meaning "to hang on, attach as a pendant" is 1640s; that of "attach as an appendix" is recorded by 1843. OED says the original word was obsolete by c.1500, and these later transitive senses represent a reborrowing from Latin or French. Related: Appended; appending.

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