Meaning of ATTACH in English


əˈtach verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English attachen, from Middle French attacher, from Old French atachier, alteration (influenced by a to, from Latin ad ) of estachier, from estache stake, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English staca stake — more at at , stake

transitive verb

1. : to take by legal authority:

a. : to arrest by writ and bring before a court (as to answer for a debt or a contempt) — now applied chiefly to a taking of the person by a civil process

b. : to seize or take (property) by virtue of a writ or precept to hold the same to satisfy a judgment that may be rendered in the suit — compare attachment 1

2. obsolete

a. : indict , accuse

of capital treason I attach you both — Shakespeare

b. : to lay hold of : seize

him to attach and down to hell to throw — Edmund Spenser


a. : to bring (oneself) into an association

consider to what branch of the law to attach himself

b. : to fasten (itself) firmly

a figure of universal fame, of a kind that scarcely attaches itself to anyone in this age — Osbert Sitwell

c. : to order (an individual or unit in the military) to serve more or less temporarily with another organization

d. : to place (an individual or unit in the military) under the control of another organization for specific purposes (as for rations, quarters, or training) — distinguished from assign

4. : to bind by personal ties (as of affection or sympathy) : win to affection or devotion — used with to

she undertakes to attach him to her by strong ties: a child, or marriage — H.M.Parshley

5. : make fast or join (as by string or glue) : bind , fasten , tie

attach price tags on each article

6. : to connect by attribution : ascribe — used with to

the fetish worshiper attaches magical potency to stones — M.R.Cohen

7. : to associate as a property or adjunct

to this treasure a curse is attached — Bayard Taylor

intransitive verb

1. : to fix or fasten itself : adhere

the suspicion that he is guilty attaches upon his strange actions

all the advantages that attach to the office

2. : to come into legal operation : vest

an ancient law attached in this case

Synonyms: see fasten

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.