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English definition of “attachment”

attachment

noun     /əˈtætʃmənt/
[C] IT, COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET a computer file that is sent together with an email: Do not click on an email attachment unless it is from a reliable source.
[C] LAW a document joined to an agreement which gives extra details, often a list of things that are allowed or not, and forms part of the agreement
[C] IT a small piece of equipment that you can attach to a computer, machine, etc. to do a particular task: A simple attachment allows pictures to be emailed directly from the camera.
[C or U] HR the act of working in a department or company temporarily for a particular purpose: Five students are on attachment to the Finance Department.
[C or U] LAW a court order for money or property to be taken from someone in order to pay their debts: An application for an attachment of debt must be made to a court.
attachment of earnings [C or U] LAW a court order that makes employers pay the court some of the money you earn directly so that your debts can be paid over a period: The court issued him with an attachment of earnings order to repay his creditors over a period of 18 months.
(Definition of attachment noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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