Meaning of ATTACHMENT in English


əˈtachmənt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English attachement, from Middle French, from Old French atachement, from atachier to attach + -ment — more at attach


a. : a seizure or taking into custody (of persons or property) by virtue of a legal process

b. : the writ or precept commanding such seizure — compare garnishment


a. : the state of being attached (as by affection, sympathy, or self-interest) : fidelity

attachment to a friend

attachment to a cause

b. : a feeling (as affection) that binds a person : regard

sense a growing attachment for a person

3. : a device that is attached (as to a machine) especially for doing special work

attachments for a vacuum cleaner

4. : the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another : fastening

cut the attachments of a muscle to a bone

5. : an attaching by physical connection

the attachment of a recording device to a telephone


affection , love : attachment implies strong liking, devotion, or loyalty

the attachment which they all so obviously felt for him — W.S.Maugham

are not to lose their attachment to the land — Farmer's Weekly ( South Africa )

strong party attachments

an attachment to a lost cause

affection , usually having as its object a sentient thing, implies warmth and tenderness of sentiment, usually settled and regulated

a vast amount of quiet, restrained affection, of mutual confidence and respect, even of tenderness — Arnold Bennett

affection for a dog

widespread American affection for France and respect for her very special culture — E.B.George

heightened affection for the memory of the dead — W.D.Howells

love implies a feeling stronger and more intense than affection , often connoting passion

a love of parent for child

a love of man for woman

a love of God

a love of painting

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