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Attach is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.



Plain form

Third-person singular

Past tense

Past participle

Present participle

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you attach to , you put on so that they will not come apart.
    Warnings and instruction should be firmly attached to the container.
    Attach the wire to the speaker with the red clip.
    Look for spaces where the tire attaches to the rim.
  2. (transitive) If you are attached to an office, department, location, etc. you work for that part of the organisation.
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If a quality such as importance is attached to something, people think the thing has that quality.
    There was a great deal of importance attached to being well dressed.
  4. (transitive & intransitive) If something is attached to something else, there is a strong connection between them.
    The promise of more money for the school is attached to better results from the students?
    There is also something called ground rent, which is attached to these apartments.


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