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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.

attaché

[a-ta-shey, at-uh- or, esp. British, uh-tash-ey] /æ tæˈʃeɪ, ˌæt ə- or, esp. British, əˈtæʃ eɪ/
noun
1.
a diplomatic official attached to an embassy or legation, especially in a technical capacity:
a commercial attaché; a cultural attaché.
2.
a military officer who is assigned to a diplomatic post in a foreign country in order to gather military information:
an air attaché; an army attaché; a naval attaché.
3.
Also, attache. attaché case.
Origin
1825-35; < French: literally, attached, past participle of attacher to attach
Can be confused
attach, attaché.
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British Dictionary definitions for attaches

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

attaché

/əˈtæʃeɪ; French ataʃe/
noun
1.
a specialist attached to a diplomatic mission: military attaché
2.
(Brit) a junior member of the staff of an embassy or legation
Word Origin
C19: from French: someone attached (to a mission), from attacher to attach
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Word Origin and History for attaches

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.

attache

n.

1835, from French attaché "junior officer attached to the staff of an ambassador, etc.," literally "attached," past participle of attacher "to attach" (see attach). Attache case "small leather case for carrying papers" first recorded 1900.

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attaches in Culture
attaché [(a-ta-shay, at-uh-shay)]

A diplomatic officer attached to an embassy or consulate. Most attachés have specialties, such as military attachés, cultural attachés, economic attachés, and so forth.

Note: Some nations disguise spies as attachés.
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Idioms and Phrases with attaches

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