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attachment (n.)

c. 1400, "arrest of a person on judicial warrant" (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French attachement, from Old French attacher "to attach" (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else" dates from 1797 and has become very common since the rise of e-mail.

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Definitions of attachment from WordNet

attachment (n.)
a feeling of affection for a person or an institution;
Synonyms: fond regard
attachment (n.)
a supplementary part or accessory;
attachment (n.)
a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding;
attachment (n.)
a connection that fastens things together;
Synonyms: bond
attachment (n.)
faithful support for a cause or political party or religion;
attachment to a formal agenda
Synonyms: adherence / adhesion
attachment (n.)
the act of attaching or affixing something;
Synonyms: affixation
attachment (n.)
the act of fastening things together;
Synonyms: fastening
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