W2S2 [əˈtætʃ] v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: atachier, estachier, from estache 'sharp post']
1.) [T]
to fasten or connect one object to another
= ↑fix attach sth to sth
Attach a recent photograph to your application form.
a small battery attached to a little loudspeaker
the attached form/cheque/leaflet etc
Please fill in and return the attached reply slip.
2.) be attached to sb/sth
to like someone or something very much, because you have known them or had them for a long time
It's easy to become attached to the children you work with.
3.) attach importance/significance etc to sth
to believe that something is important
People attach too much importance to economic forecasts.
4.) [I and T]
if blame attaches or is attached to someone, they are responsible for something bad that happens
No blame can be attached to Roy for the incident.
5.) [I and T]
if a quality, feeling, idea etc attaches or is attached to a person, thing, or event, it is connected with them
attach to
It's easy to let the emotions attached to one situation spill over into others.
6.) be attached to sth
a) to work for part of a particular organization, especially for a short period of time
He was attached to the foreign affairs department of a Japanese newspaper.
b) to be part of a bigger organization
The Food Ministry is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture.
7.) [T]
to connect a document or ↑file to an email so that you can send them together
8.) attach yourself to sb
to join someone and spend a lot of time with them, often without being invited or welcome
A young man from Canada had attached himself to Sam.
9.) attach a condition (to sth)
to allow something to happen, but only if someone agrees to do a particular thing or accept a particular idea
When approving a merger, the commission can attach conditions.
10.) attach a label to sb/sth
to think of or describe someone or something as being a particular thing, especially in a very general way
You can't really attach a label to this type of art.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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