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1‘his ankles were attached by chains to the wall’
fasten, fix, affix, join, connect, couple, link, secure, make fast, tie, tie up, bind, fetter, strap, rope, tether, truss, lash, hitch, moor, anchor, yoke, chain
stick, tape, adhere, glue, bond, cement, fuse, weld, solder
pin, peg, screw, bolt, rivet, batten, pinion, clamp, clip
add, append, annex, subjoin
2‘he attached himself to the radical section of the Liberal Party’
affiliate with, associate with, align with, ally with, unite with, combine with, integrate into, join to
join up with, join forces with, band together with, team up with, latch on to, cooperate with, be in league with, form an alliance with, make a pact with
informal tag along with
break away from
3‘they attached great importance to research’
ascribe, assign, attribute, accredit, apply, impute
invest with, put on, place on, lay on
4‘he is the medical officer attached to Brigade Headquarters’
assign, allot, allocate, detail, appoint
relocate, reassign, transfer, move, send, second, lend
5‘the state attached criminals' property’
seize, confiscate, commandeer, requisition, appropriate, expropriate, take possession of, take away, take, sequester, sequestrate
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