Definitions for: Attach


[v] be attached; be in contact with
[v] become attached; "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"
[v] cause to be attached
[v] take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
[v] create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 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. [Obs.] --Shak.

6. To take by legal authority:
(a) 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.
(b) 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,
4.

The earl marshal attached Gloucester for high
treason. --Miss Yonge.

Attached column (Arch.), a column engaged in a wall, so
that only a part of its circumference projects from it.

Syn: To affix; bind; tie; fasten; connect; conjoin; subjoin;
annex; append; win; gain over; conciliate.


At*tach", v. i.
1. To adhere; to be attached.

The great interest which attaches to the mere
knowledge of these facts cannot be doubted.
--Brougham.

2. To come into legal operation in connection with anything;
to vest; as, dower will attach. --Cooley.


At*tach", n.
An attachment. [Obs.] --Pope.

Synonyms: bind, bond, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester, tie

Antonyms: come away, come off, detach

See Also: accompany, add on, adhere, adjoin, affix, agglutinate, append, attach, attach to, befriend, bell, bind, bond, catch, clip, come with, conjoin, connect, contact, couple, couple on, couple up, distrain, enter, fasten, fix, fixate, fixate, garnishee, glue, go with, hang on, harness, hinge, hitch, hold fast, hook up, implant, infix, inhere in, insert, introduce, join, label, leech onto, limber, limber up, link, link up, mark, meet, mount, nail, paste, peg, peg down, pin, pin down, pin up, relate, ring, saddle, secure, spat, stick, stick on, stick to, supplement, tack, tack on, tag, tag on, take, tape, tether, tie, touch, yoke

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