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Meaning of “attach” in the English Dictionary

"attach" in British English

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attachverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈtætʃ/
  • attach verb [T] (CONNECT)

B1 to ​fasten, ​join, or ​connect something: I attached a ​photo to my ​applicationform. Use this ​cable to attach the ​printer to the ​computer. In the UK , ​packets of ​cigarettes come with a ​governmenthealthwarning attached to them (= on them). I attach (= am ​sending, usually with a ​letter) a ​copy of ​ourlatestreport.
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  • attach verb [T] (COMPUTING)

B1 to ​join a ​file such as a ​document, ​picture, or ​computerprogram, to an ​email

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  • attach verb [T] (TAKE GOODS)

UK specialized law to ​officially take someone's ​money or the things that they own, or to ​arrest someone, usually because that ​person has ​failed to ​paymoney that is ​owed
(Definition of attach from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attach" in American English

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attachverb [T]

 us   /əˈtætʃ/
to ​fasten or ​fix something in ​position, esp. in ​relation to something ​else: You attach this ​device to ​yourwindshield, and it ​sends a ​signal that ​opens the ​garagedoor. To attach a ​particularquality to something is to ​consider it to have that ​quality: If you attach a ​negativelabel to a ​group, you can then ​treat all the ​members of that ​groupbadly.
(Definition of attach from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attach" in Business English

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attachverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈtætʃ/
to fasten or ​join one thing to something else: attach sth to sth I attached a ​note to the ​report and ​left it in his ​office.
IT to ​connect a ​piece of ​computerequipment to another: attach sth to sth Use this ​cable to attach the ​printer to the ​computer. The ​clientsoftware can be ​stored on one ​centralcomputer that is attached to the ​network.
IT, COMMUNICATIONS to ​send a ​document, ​picture, etc. with an ​email or ​letter: I attach a ​copy of this month's ​report which ​includesfigures for the last ​quarter.
HR, WORKPLACE if someone is attached to a ​department or ​company, they are ​sent to ​work there temporarily for a particular ​purpose: Tom was attached to the Marketing Department for six months.
to ​include something, or to make something a ​part of something: attach sth to sth There were strict ​conditions attached to the ​settlement. I need to be ​certain that there are no ​risks attached to this decision.
LAW to take someone's ​property or ​money by ​law to ​helppay their ​debts: The county may have the ​right to attach ​property to satisfy a ​taxdebt.
(Definition of attach from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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