attaches, attaching, attached
1) VERB If you attach something to an object, you join it or fasten it to the object.

[V n to n] We attach labels to things before we file them away...

[V n to n] The gadget can be attached to any vertical surface...

[V n] The astronauts will attach a motor that will boost the satellite into its proper orbit...

[V-ed] For further information, please contact us on the attached form.

2) VERB If someone attaches himself or herself to you, they join you and stay with you, often without being invited to do so.

[V pron-refl to n] Natasha attached herself to the film crew filming at her orphanage.

3) V-ERG If people attach a quality to someone or something, or if it attaches to them, people consider that they have that quality.

[V n to n] The Chinese authorities have attached much significance to Mr Maude's visit.

[V to n] ...the magic that still attaches to the word `spy'.

[V-ed] ...the stigma attached to mental illness.

4) VERB If you attach conditions to something such as an agreement, you state that specific things must be done before the agreement is valid.

[V n to n] The administration failed to attach some conditions to China's Most Favored Nation status...

[V n] Magistrates will be able to attach conditions when juveniles are remanded.

5) VERB In computing, if you attach a file to a message that you send to someone, you send it with the message but separate from it.

[V n] It is possible to attach executable program files to e-mail.

6) See also attached
no strings attachedsee string

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  • attach — [ə tach′] vt. [ME attachen < OFr atacher, altered by substitution of prefix < estachier, to attach < estache, a post, stake < Frank * stakka: see STICK] 1. to fasten by sticking, tying, etc. 2. to make (a person or thing) part of;… …   English World dictionary

  • Attach — At*tach , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attaching}.] [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}.] 1. To bind, fasten, tie, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attach — [v1] join, fasten add, adhere, affix, annex, append, bind, connect, couple, fix, hitch on, hitch up, hook on, hook up, latch onto, link, make fast, prefix, rivet, secure, slap on*, stick, tag on*, tie, unite; concepts 85,113,160 Ant. detach,… …   New thesaurus

  • Attach — At*tach , v. i. 1. To adhere; to be attached. [1913 Webster] The great interest which attaches to the mere knowledge of these facts cannot be doubted. Brougham. [1913 Webster] 2. To come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attach'e — At ta*ch[ e] , n. [F., p. p. of attacher. See {Attach}, v. t.] One attached to another person or thing, as a part of a suite or staff. Specifically: One attached to an embassy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attach — (v.) mid 14c. (mid 13c. in Anglo Latin), to take or seize (property or goods) by law, a legal term, from O.Fr. atachier (11c.), earlier estachier to attach, fix; stake up, support (Fr. attacher, It. attaccare), perhaps from a to + Frankish… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Attach — At*tach , n. An attachment. [Obs.] Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attach — 1 *arrest, apprehend, detain Analogous words: seize, *take, grab: capture, *catch Contrasted words: release, discharge, deliver, *free 2 *fasten, a …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attach — ► VERB 1) fasten; join. 2) include (a condition) as part of an agreement. 3) assign or attribute. 4) appoint (someone) for special or temporary duties. 5) Law, archaic seize (a person or property) by legal authority. DERIVATIVES attachable …   English terms dictionary