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attach

[uh-tach] /əˈtætʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fasten or affix; join; connect:
to attach a photograph to an application with a staple.
2.
to join in action or function; make part of:
to attach oneself to a group.
3.
Military. to place on temporary duty with or in assistance to a military unit.
4.
to include as a quality or condition of something:
One proviso is attached to this legacy.
5.
to assign or attribute:
to attach significance to a gesture.
6.
to bind by ties of affection or regard:
You always attach yourself to people who end up hurting you.
7.
Law. to take (persons or property) by legal authority.
8.
Obsolete. to lay hold of; seize.
verb (used without object)
9.
to adhere; pertain; belong (usually followed by to or upon):
No blame attaches to him.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English atachen < Anglo-French atacher to seize, Old French atachier to fasten, alteration of estachier to fasten with or to a stake, equivalent to estach(e) (< Germanic *stakka stake) + -ier infinitive suffix
Related forms
attachable, adjective
attacher, noun
reattach, verb
reattachable, adjective
unattachable, adjective
Can be confused
attach, attaché.
Synonyms
1. subjoin, append, add, annex.
Antonyms
1. detach.
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British Dictionary definitions for attachable

attach

/əˈtætʃ/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to join, fasten, or connect
2.
(reflexive or passive) to become associated with or join, as in a business or other venture: he attached himself to the expedition
3.
(intransitive) foll by to. to be inherent (in) or connected (with): responsibility attaches to the job
4.
to attribute or ascribe: to attach importance to an event
5.
to include or append, esp as a condition: a proviso is attached to the contract
6.
(usually passive) (military) to place on temporary duty with another unit
7.
(usually passive) to put (a member of an organization) to work in a different unit or agency, either with an expectation of reverting to, or while retaining some part of, the original working arrangement
8.
to appoint officially
9.
(law) to arrest or take (a person, property, etc) with lawful authority
10.
(obsolete) to seize
Derived Forms
attachable, adjective
attacher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French atachier to fasten, changed from estachier to fasten with a stake, from estachestake1
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Word Origin and History for attachable
adj.

1570s, from attach + -able.

attach

v.

mid-14c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), "to take or seize (property or goods) by law," a legal term, from Old French atachier (11c.), earlier estachier "to attach, fix; stake up, support" (Modern French attacher, also cf. Italian attaccare), perhaps from a- "to" + Frankish *stakon "a post, stake" or a similar Germanic word (see stake (n.)). Meaning "to fasten, affix, connect" is from c.1400. Related: Attached; attaching.

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Idioms and Phrases with attachable

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