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attach   WordNet 2.0

- be attached

- be in contact with

 
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- become attached
"The spider''s thread attached to the window sill"

 
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- cause to be attached

 
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- take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
"The FBI seized the drugs"
"The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"
"The police confiscated the stolen artwork"

 
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- create social or emotional ties
"The grandparents want to bond with the child"

 
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Attach   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. To bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join; as, to attach one thing to another by a string, by glue, or the like.

"The shoulder blade is . . . attached only to the muscles. Paley." --

"A huge stone to which the cable was attached. Macaulay." --

2. To connect; to place so as to belong; to assign by authority; to appoint; as, an officer is attached to a certain regiment, company, or ship.

3. To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; -- with to; as, attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery.

"Incapable of attaching a sensible man. Miss Austen." --

"God . . . by various ties attaches man to man. Cowper." --

4. To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; -- with to; as, to attach great importance to a particular circumstance.

"Top this treasure a curse is attached. Bayard Taylor." --

5. To take, seize, or lay hold of. [Obs.] Shak.

6. To take by legal authority: (a) To arrest by writ, and bring before a court, as to answer for a debt, or a contempt; -- applied to a taking of the person by a civil process; being now rarely used for the arrest of a criminal. (b) To seize or take (goods or real estate) by virtue of a writ or precept to hold the same to satisfy a judgment which may be rendered in the suit. See Attachment, 4.

"The earl marshal attached Gloucester for high treason. Miss Yonge." --

Attached column
(Arch.), a column engaged in a wall, so that only a part of its circumference projects from it.

Syn. -- To affix; bind; tie; fasten; connect; conjoin; subjoin; annex; append; win; gain over; conciliate.

 
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1. To adhere; to be attached.

"The great interest which attaches to the mere knowledge of these facts cannot be doubted. Brougham." --

2. To come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest; as, dower will attach. Cooley.

 
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1. An attachment. [Obs.] Pope.

 
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