American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fasten, secure, or join: attached the wires to the post.
- v. To connect as an adjunct or associated condition or part: Many major issues are attached to this legislation.
- v. To affix or append; add: attached several riders to the document.
- v. To ascribe or assign: attached no significance to the threat.
- v. To bind by emotional ties, as of affection or loyalty: I am attached to my family.
- v. To assign (personnel) to a military unit on a temporary basis.
- v. Law To seize (persons or property) by legal writ.
- v. To adhere, belong, or relate: Very little prestige attaches to this position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law, to take by legal authority. To take bodily; arrest in person: now applied only to arrest of a person by civil process to answer for a contempt of court or disregard of its mandate, but formerly to arrests of all kinds: with for, also formerly with of.
- To take (real or personal property) by legal warrant, to be held for the satisfaction of the judgment that may be rendered in a suit.
- See attachment.
- To lay hold of; seize.
- To take, seize, or lay hold on, by moral force, as by affection or interest; fasten or bind by moral influence; win: as, his kindness attached us all to him.
- To tack or fix to; fasten in any manner, as one thing to another, by either natural or artificial means; bind; tie; cause to adhere.
- Figuratively, to connect; associate: as, to attach a particular significance to a word.
- To join to or with in action or function; connect as an associate or adjunct; adjoin for duty or companionship: as, an officer is attached to such a ship, regiment, battalion, etc.; our regiment is attached to the 1st brigade; this man is attached to my service; he attached himself to me for the entire journey.
- To adhere; pertain, as a quality or circumstance; belong or be incident: with to.
- To be fixed or fastened; rest as an appurtenance: with on or upon.
- To come into operation; take or have effect.
- n. An attachment.
- n. An attack.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join.
- v. To connect; to place so as to belong; to assign by authority; to appoint.
- v. To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; -- with
- v. To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; -- with
- v. obsolete To take, seize, or lay hold of.
- v. 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
civilprocess; 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.
- v. To adhere; to be attached.
- v. To come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest.
- n. obsolete An attachment.
- v. create social or emotional ties
- v. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
- v. become attached
- v. cause to be attached
- v. be attached; be in contact with
- From Old French atachier (French: attacher, Italian: attaccare, Spanish: atacar, Portuguese atacar). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English attachen, from Old French attachier, alteration of estachier, from estache, stake, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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