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"attachment" in British English

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attachmentnoun

uk   /əˈtætʃ.mənt/ us   /əˈtætʃ.mənt/
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attachment" in American English

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attachmentnoun [C/U]

us   /əˈtætʃ·mənt/
a strong feeling of being emotionally close to someone or something: [C] She had a special attachment to these students.
An attachment is an extra piece 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   /əˈtætʃmənt/ us  
[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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“attachment” in Business English

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