• To fasten, to join to (literally and figuratively).
  • To adhere; to be attached.
  • To come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest.
  • 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.
  • To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; with to.
  • To take, seize, or lay hold of.
  • To arrest, seize.


  • From Middle English attachen, from Old French atachier, variant of estachier, derived from estache, from Frankish *stakka ("stick"). attack. More at stake, stack.

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