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Meaning of “attachment” in the English Dictionary

"attachment" in British English

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attachmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈtætʃ.mənt/
  • attachment noun (PART)

B2 [C] an ​extrapiece of ​equipment that can be ​added to a ​machine: This ​foodprocessor has a ​special attachment for ​grindingcoffee.

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  • attachment noun (COMPUTING)

B2 [C] a ​computerfile that is ​sent together with an ​emailmessage: I'll ​email my ​report to you as an attachment. I wasn't ​able to open that attachment.

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  • attachment noun (FEELING OF LOVE)

C2 [C or U] a ​feeling of ​love or ​strongconnection 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 tofeministideas. 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 ​healthydevelopment. 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 ​theirproperty because they have ​failed to ​paymoney that they ​owe
(Definition of attachment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attachment" in American English

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attachmentnoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈtætʃ·mənt/
a ​strongfeeling of being ​emotionallyclose to someone or something: [C] She had a ​special attachment to these ​students. An attachment is an ​extrapiece of ​equipment that can be ​added to a ​machine: [C] computer attachments
(Definition of attachment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attachment" in Business English

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attachmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈtætʃmənt/
[C] IT, COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET a ​computerfile that is ​sent together with an ​email: Do not ​click on an email attachment unless it is from a ​reliablesource.
[C] LAW a ​documentjoined to an ​agreement which gives ​extra details, often a ​list of things that are ​allowed or not, and ​formspart of the ​agreement
[C] IT a ​smallpiece 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 ​courtorder 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 ​courtorder that makes ​employerspay the ​court some of the ​money you ​earn directly so that your ​debts can be ​paid over a ​period: The ​courtissued him with an attachment of ​earningsorder to ​repay his ​creditors over a ​period of 18 months.
(Definition of attachment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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