an act of attaching or the state of being attached.
a feeling that binds one to a person, thing, cause, ideal, or the like; devotion; regard: a fond attachment to his cousin; a profound attachment to the cause of peace.
an emotional bond between an infant or toddler and primary caregiver, a strong bond being vital for the child’s normal behavioral and social development.
an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship: romantic attachment.
See also attachment disorder, attachment theory.
something that attaches; a fastening or tie: the attachments of a harness; the attachments of a pair of skis.
an additional or supplementary device: attachments for an electric drill.
Law. seizure of property or person by legal authority, especially seizure of a defendant's property to prevent its dissipation before trial or to acquire jurisdiction over it.
something attached, as a document added to a letter.
a computer file sent with an e-mail.

1400–50; late Middle English attachement seizure < Anglo-French. See attach, -ment

nonattachment, noun
overattachment, noun
preattachment, noun
reattachment, noun
self-attachment, noun
superattachment, noun

2. love, devotedness. 4. junction, connection. 5. See addition. Unabridged
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attachment (əˈtætʃmənt)
1.  a means of securing; a fastening
2.  (often foll by to) affection or regard (for); devotion (to): attachment to a person or to a cause
3.  an object to be attached, esp a supplementary part: an attachment for an electric drill
4.  the act of attaching or the state of being attached
5.  a.  the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
 b.  the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
 c.  a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
6.  law the binding of a debt in the hands of a garnishee until its disposition has been decided by the court

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "arrest of a person on judicial warrant," from Fr. attachement, from attacher (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else"
dates from 1797 and has become perhaps the most common use since the rise of e-mail.
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