attach

Use the verb attach when you need to join things together, like a stamp that you attach to a letter.

When you attach something, you join it or tie it to something else. The word can be used to show physically joining things, like a printer that you attach to your computer, or to show a strong personal connection. For example, you can attach yourself to a political cause or to a group of friends.

Primary Meanings of attach

1.
v
be attached; be in contact with
2.
v
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
Full Definitions of attach
1

v be attached; be in contact with

Types:
leech onto
admire boundlessly and follow around
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

v cause to be attached

Antonyms:
detach
cause to become detached or separated; take off
Types:
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fix, fixate
make fixed, stable or stationary
tether
tie with a tether
fasten
attach to
hinge
attach with a hinge
bell
attach a bell to
band, ring
attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
couple, couple on, couple up
link together
affix
attach or become attached to a stem word
bind
make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope
catch, hitch
to hook or entangle
append, hang on, tack, tack on, tag on
fix to; attach
add on, affix, append, supplement
add to the very end
tape
fasten or attach with tape
glue, paste
join or attach with or as if with glue
pin down, pin up
attach with or as if with a pin
peg, peg down
fasten or secure with a wooden pin
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
mount
attach to a support
affix, stick on
attach to
nail
attach something somewhere by means of nails
hook up
connect or link
clip
attach with a clip
enter, infix, insert, introduce
put or introduce into something
yoke
put a yoke on or join with a yoke
harness, tackle
put a harness
link, yoke
link with or as with a yoke
saddle
put a saddle on
label, mark, tag
attach a tag or label to
limber, limber up
attach the limber
strap
secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
stamp
affix a stamp to
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
rig
connect or secure to
bitt
secure with a bitt
latch
fasten with a latch
garter
fasten with or as if with a garter
chain
fasten or secure with chains
cable
fasten with a cable
picket
fasten with a picket
rope up
attach to one another, for safety
prefix
attach a prefix to
suffix
attach a suffix to
infix
attach a morpheme into a stem word
swaddle, swathe
wrap in swaddling clothes
encircle, gird
bind with something round or circular
cinch, girth
tie a cinch around
bandage, bind
wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
cement
make fast as if with cement
cramp
secure with a cramp
cleat
secure on a cleat
anchor, cast anchor, drop anchor
secure a vessel with an anchor
anchor, ground
fix firmly and stably
moor
secure with cables or ropes
berth, moor, tie up
secure in or as if in a berth or dock
spike
secure with spikes
snag
catch on a snag
subjoin
add to the end
annex
attach to
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework
scotch tape, sellotape
fasten or attach with sellotape
epoxy
glue with epoxy
crank
fasten with a crank
noose
secure with a noose
chock
secure with chocks
brad
fasten with brads
bight
fasten with a bight
belay
fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
belay
turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
bar
secure with, or as if with, bars
remount
mount again, as after disassembling something
clamp
fasten or fix with a clamp
velcro
fasten with Velcro
stay
fasten with stays
clinch
flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
clinch
secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
lock
fasten with a lock
lock up
secure by locking
hasp
secure or lock with a hasp
zip, zip up, zipper
close with a zipper
seal
affix a seal to
tack
fasten with tacks
string
string together; tie or fasten with a string
hook
fasten with a hook
belt
fasten with a belt
cement
bind or join with or as if with cement
grout
bind with grout
staple
secure or fasten with a staple or staples
rivet
fasten with a rivet or rivets
button
fasten with buttons
pin
attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
connect, plug in, plug into
plug into an outlet
cannulate, cannulise, cannulize, canulate, intubate
introduce a cannula or tube into
input
enter (data or a program) into a computer
instil, instill
enter drop by drop
hang, hang up
cause to be hanging or suspended
hang
place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
inspan
attach a yoke or harness to
deposit, lodge, stick, wedge
put, fix, force, or implant
embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant
fix or set securely or deeply
sandwich
insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects
graft, transplant
place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
entrench, intrench
fix firmly or securely
buckle, clasp
fasten with a buckle or buckles
brooch, clasp
fasten with or as if with a brooch
brand, brandmark, trademark
mark with a brand or trademark
point
mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
point
mark with diacritics
point
mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
calibrate
mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units
code
attach a code to
badge
put a badge on
post
affix in a public place or for public notice
stake
tie or fasten to a stake
wire
fasten with wire
coapt
fit tightly and fasten
joggle
fasten or join with a joggle
joint
fasten with a joint
toggle
fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
plaster
affix conspicuously
Type of:
connect, link, link up, tie
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

v become attached

“The spider's thread attached to the window sill”
Antonyms:
come away, come off, detach
come to be detached
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agglutinate
string together (morphemes in an agglutinating language)
implant
become attached to and embedded in the uterus
fasten
become fixed or fastened
adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
stick to firmly
spat
become permanently attached
glue
be fixed as if by glue
bind
form a chemical bond with
stick
fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
stick
fasten with or as with pins or nails
stick
fasten with an adhesive material like glue
Type of:
conjoin, join
make contact or come together

v create social or emotional ties

Synonyms:
bind, bond, tie
Types:
fixate
attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way
befriend
become friends with
chum up, pal, pal up
become friends; act friendly towards
Type of:
relate
have or establish a relationship to
2

v take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

Synonyms:
confiscate, impound, seize, sequester
sequester
requisition forcibly, as of enemy property
Types:
condemn
appropriate (property) for public use
garnish, garnishee
take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
distrain
confiscate by distress
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

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