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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.

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.

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. 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.

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 owe
(Definition of attachment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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