|—vb (foll by to)|
|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.||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|
|[C14: from Old French atachier to fasten, changed from estachier to fasten with a stake, from estache|
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.