American English

Definition of attachment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a tool that you can fix onto a machine, to make it do another job an electric drill with a range of different attachments
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of joining one thing to another; a thing that joins two things together All cars built since 1981 have points for the attachment of safety restraints. They discussed the attachment of new conditions to the peace plans. They had to check the strength of the seat attachments to the floor of the plane.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a strong feeling of affection for someone or something a child's strong attachment to its parents
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] belief in and support for an idea or a set of values the popular attachment to democratic government
  5. 5 [countable] (computing) a document that you send to someone using e-mail Topic CollocationsE-mail and the Internete-mail receive/get/open an e-mail write/send/answer/forward/delete an e-mail check/read/access your e-mail block/filter (out) junk/spam/unsolicited e-mails exchange e-mail addresses open/check your inbox junk mail fills/floods/clogs your inbox have/set up an e-mail account open/send/contain an attachment sign up for/receive e-mail alertsconnecting to the Internet use/access/log onto the Internet/the Web go online/on the Internet have a high-speed/dial-up/broadband/wireless (Internet) connection access/connect to/locate a server use/open/close/launch a/your Web browser browse/surf/search/scour the Internet/the Web send/contain/spread/detect a (computer/e-mail) virus update your anti-virus software install/use/configure a firewall accept/enable/block/delete cookiesusing the Internet visit/check a Web site/an Internet site/somebody's blog create/design/launch a Web site/social networking site start/write/post/read/follow a blog update your blog/a Web site be in/meet somebody in/go into/enter an Internet chat room download/upload music/software/a song/a podcast/a file/a copy of something share information/data/files post a comment/message on a Web site/on a message board/in a Web forum/in an Internet chat room stream video/audio/music/content over the Internet join/participate in/visit/provide a (Web-based/web/online/Internet/discussion) forum generate/increase/monitor Internet traffic
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: attachment