Attach

Definition of Attach

At`tach´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Attached ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Attaching.]
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.
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.
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.
n.1.An attachment.

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