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English definition of “attachment”

attachment

noun uk   /əˈtætʃ.mənt/ us  

attachment noun (PART)

B2 [C] an extra piece of equipment that can be added to a machine: This food processor has a special attachment for grinding coffee.Things added or attached to other things

attachment noun (COMPUTING)

B2 [C] a computer file that is sent together with an email message: I'll email my report to you as an attachment. I wasn't able to open that attachment.Operating computers

attachment noun (FEELING OF LOVE)

C2 [C or U] a feeling of love or strong connection to someone or something: At university I formed a strong attachment to one of my tutors. She is unlikely to give up her lifelong attachment to feminist ideas.Liking specialized psychology [C or U] a feeling of love and need for another person, for example for a mother by her child: Secure attachment is believed to be important for healthy development. Infants can form attachments to any caregiver.Health in general

attachment noun (TAKING GOODS)

[C or U] UK specialized law the act of arresting a person for failing to obey the order of a court, or of officially taking their property because they have failed to pay money that they oweArresting and chargingPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of attachment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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