At·tach v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attached p. pr. & vb. n. Attaching.]
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.]
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.
adj 1: fastened together; "a picnic table with attached benches"
2: being joined in close association; "affiliated clubs"; "all
art schools whether independent or attached to
universities" [syn: affiliated, connected]
3: used of buildings joined by common sidewalls; "a block of
attached houses" [ant: detached]
4: permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about;
"an attached oyster"; "sessile marine animals and plants"
[syn: sessile] [ant: vagile]
5: associated in an exclusive sexual relationship [syn: committed]