Definition of Attach

1. Verb. Cause to be attached.

2. Verb. Be attached; be in contact with.
Generic synonyms: Adjoin, Contact, Meet, Touch
Specialized synonyms: Leech Onto
Also: Attach To
Derivative terms: Attachable, Attachment

3. Verb. Become attached. "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"
Specialized synonyms: Agglutinate, Implant, Fasten, Adhere, Bind, Bond, Hold Fast, Stick, Stick To, Spat
Generic synonyms: Conjoin, Join
Also: Attach To
Derivative terms: Attachable, Attachment
Antonyms: Detach

4. Verb. Create social or emotional ties. "The grandparents want to bond with the child"
Exact synonyms: Bind, Bond, Tie
Generic synonyms: Relate
Specialized synonyms: Fixate, Befriend
Derivative terms: Attachment, Attachment, Bond, Tie

5. Verb. Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority. "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
Exact synonyms: Confiscate, Impound, Seize, Sequester
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Condemn, Garnish, Garnishee, Distrain
Related verbs: Sequester
Derivative terms: Attachment, Confiscation, Impounding, Impoundment, Seizure, Sequestration

Definition of Attach

1. v. t. To bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join; as, to attach one thing to another by a string, by glue, or the like.

2. v. i. To adhere; to be attached.

3. n. An attachment.

Definition of Attach

1. Verb. (obsolete legal) To arrest, seize. ¹

2. Verb. To fasten, to join to (literally and figuratively). ¹

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Definition of Attach

1. to connect as an associated part [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Attach

1. 1. To bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join; as, to attach one thing to another by a string, by glue, or the like. "The shoulder blade is . . . Attached only to the muscles." (Paley) "A huge stone to which the cable was attached." (Macaulay) 2. To connect; to place so as to belong; to assign by authority; to appoint; as, an officer is attached to a certain regiment, company, or ship. 3. To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; with to; as, attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery. "Incapable of attaching a sensible man." (Miss Austen) "God . . . By various ties attaches man to man." (Cowper) 4. To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; with to; as, to attach great importance to a particular circumstance. "Top this treasure a curse is attached." (Bayard Taylor) 5. To take, seize, or lay hold of. 6. To take by legal authority: To arrest by writ, and bring before a court, as to answer for a debt, or a contempt; applied to a taking of the person by a civil process; being now rarely used for the arrest of a criminal. To seize or take (goods or real estate) by virtue of a writ or precept to hold the same to satisfy a judgment which may be rendered in the suit. See Attachment. "The earl marshal attached Gloucester for high treason." (Miss Yonge) Attached column, a column engaged in a wall, so that only a part of its circumference projects from it. Synonym: To affix, bind, tie, fasten, connect, conjoin, subjoin, annex, append, win, gain over, conciliate. Origin: OF. Atachier, F. Attacher, to tie or fasten: cf. Celt. Tac, tach, nail, E. Tack a small nail, tack to fasten. Cf. Attack, and see Tack. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Attach

atta boy
atta girl
attach (current term)
attach to
attache case
attached annulus
attached cranial section
attached craniotomy
attached gingiva

Literary usage of Attach

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"The law does not require the manufacturer to attach it, but, on the contrary, requires the distiller to attach at his own expense. ..."

2. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1839)
"Infamy must attach somewhere." To this effect was a dictum ascribed in the debates ... It is in tbe first case alone that infamy can with propriety attach ..."

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