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attach to

1. To connect two things. In this usage, an item is mentioned between "attach" and "to." Can you please attach this button to my sweater? Please be sure to attach a cover page to your report.
2. To connect oneself to something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." Please be sure to attach yourself to your luggage at the airport.
3. To involve oneself with another person or group—often in an overbearing way. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." I hope my little cousins don't try to come with us—they're always attaching themselves to me, and it's so annoying.
4. To involve oneself with another person or group. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." I heard that Jon has attached himself to a new lady—is that true? Teddy has attached himself to the drama club this semester.
5. To have an emotional connection to someone or something. This usage always uses the form "attached." I really miss my ex-boyfriend at Christmastime—I guess I'm still attached to him after all. I'm pretty attached to the idea of a tropical vacation—I've even been picturing myself on the beach! I tried to give away my daughter's childhood teddy bear, but apparently she's still quite attached to it.
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attach oneself to someone

 
1. Fig. to become emotionally involved with someone. Fred seems to have attached himself to a much older woman, who has captured his attention. Somehow, Susan has attached herself emotionally to Tom, and she is distraught over his being away.
2. Fig. to follow after someone; to become a constant companion to someone. Andy's little brother attached himself to Andy and his friends—much to Andy's distress. John attached himself to his older brother and drove him crazy.
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attach oneself to something

 
1. Lit. to connect or secure oneself to something. During the storm, Tony attached himself to the helm and proceeded to steer the boat. The caterpillar attached itself to a branch and began to spin its cocoon.
2. Fig. to choose to associate with a particular thing, group, or organization. Ron attached himself to a volleyball team that practices at the school. The manager attached himself to the luncheon club and became a regular fixture there.
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attach to someone

Fig. [for blame, importance, guilt, fault, etc.] to become "fixed" onto someone or an organization. A lot of guilt attaches to Henry for his part in the plot. Most of the blame for the accident attaches to Roger.
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attach to something

[for something] to be meant to fit onto or into something. This one attaches to this other one right at this point. This part should have attached to the back of the desk, but it didn't fit.
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attached to someone or something

 
1. Lit. connected to someone or something. The patient has a tube attached to his arm. A little shelf is attached to the wall.
2. Fig. fond of someone or something. John is really attached to his old-fashioned ideas. I'm really attached to my longtime girlfriend.
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attach to

v.
1. To fasten or secure something to something: The electrician attached the wires to the socket. The carpenter attached the knobs to the cabinet doors.
2. To adhere, belong, or relate to something: It is not a very difficult job, and not much responsibility attaches to it.
3. To affix or append something to something: I attached all of my receipts to my spending report.
4. To ascribe or assign some quality to something: Several ambassadors said they would walk out of the meeting, but our officials attached no significance to the threat.
5. To associate closely with someone or something: I quickly attached myself to the chess club when I started school.
6. To be bound emotionally to someone or something: I'm still attached to that old sweater I used to wear in high school.
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References in classic literature ?
For the most part they sat quietly in their places and were silent, or, if they walked about and talked, attached themselves to someone younger.
I say they sometimes attached themselves to very clever women
Burdened with the guilty consciousness of the sequestered tarts, and fearing that Dodo's sharp eyes would pierce the thin disguise of cambric and merino which hid their booty, the little sinners attached themselves to `Dranpa', who hadn't his spectacles on.
Well, most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion.
The salon d'Esgrignon represented the upper aristocracy (the returning Troisvilles attached themselves to it); the Cormon salon represented, under the clever influence of du Bousquier, that fatal class of opinions which, without being truly liberal or resolutely royalist, gave birth to the 221 on that famous day when the struggle openly began between the most august, grandest, and only true power, ROYALTY, and the most false, most changeful, most oppressive of all powers,--the power called PARLIAMENTARY, which elective assemblies exercise.
In tests, researchers gave mice doses of mannoside and found that the disease-causing bacteria, which attached themselves to the mannosides, were almost entirely eliminated from the bladder, and reduced from 100 million per sample to one million per sample in the gut.
The parasites had attached themselves to a small lesion in his stomach that turned out to be the early stages of gastric cancer.
DAN CHILDS'S VERDICT Villa have had their moments against big teams this season - winning 3-1 at Arsenal and 3-2 at home to Manchester City - but they have not attached themselves to the group chasing for a top-four place.
Not exactly, according to Robertson, but "it ain't going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.
While Robertson admits a demon-possessed Goodwill sweater might be unlikely, he closed the statement by saying that, "Hey, it ain't going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.
Primate and big cat keepers have it easy, we know we have four Bornean orang utans and three Asiatic lions, but for some of the smaller creatures it's a task that requires utmost patience - stick insects are immensely difficult to count as they jump about all over the place and just as you've finished counting you'll find two or three have attached themselves to your sleeve, so you have to start all over again, and counting penguins is tricky as they just won't keep still.
Climate change activists in Australia have attached themselves to equipment inside the world's largest coal port, shutting down its operations, the terminal operator and protesters have said.
While it might look like a novelty toy, these are actually living fish that have attached themselves to underwater balloons.
After munching their way through the delicacies the housemates returned to the garden where the others attached themselves to a specially devised Smell-O-Meter.
Yet conspiracy theories soon attached themselves to his death.