Definition of attachment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈtætʃmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtætʃmənt//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a strong feeling of affection for somebody/something a child’s strong attachment to its parents
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] belief in and support for an idea or a set of values the popular attachment to democratic government
  3. 3[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
  4. 4[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.
  5. 5[uncountable, countable] (British English) a short time spent working with an organization such as a hospital, school or part of the armed forces She's on attachment to the local hospital. a 4-month training attachment
  6. 6 [countable] (computing) a document that you send to somebody using email Wordfinderaddress, attachment, compose, draft, email, emoticon, forward, inbox, message, re CollocationsEmail and the InternetEmail receive/​get/​open an email write/​send/​answer/​forward/​delete an email check/​read/​access your email block/​filter (out) junk/​spam/​unsolicited email exchange email addresses open/​check your inbox junk mail fills/​floods/​clogs your inbox have/​set up an email account open/​send/​contain an attachment sign up for/​receive email 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 the server use/​open/​close/​launch a/​your web browser browse/​surf/​search/​scour the Internet/​the Web send/​contain/​spread/​detect a(n) (computer/​email) virus update your anti-virus software install/​use/​configure a firewall accept/​enable/​block/​delete cookiesUsing the Internet visit/​check a website/​an Internet site/​somebody’s blog create/​design/​launch a website/​social networking site start/​write/​post/​read a blog update your blog/​a website 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(n) website/​online message board/​web forum/​Internet chat room stream video/​audio/​music/​content over the Internet join/​participate in/​visit/​provide a(n) (web-based/​web/​online/​Internet/​discussion) forum generate/​increase/​monitor Internet traffic See related entries: Email
  7. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘arrest for contempt of court’): from Old French attachement, from atachier ‘fasten, fix’ or estachier, based on an element of Germanic origin related to stake ‘post’.Extra examples No attachment was included. Prisoners can develop attachments to their guards. her strong attachment to her mother The children have a strong attachment to their parents.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: attachment