at·tach vb [Anglo-French attacher to lodge (an action in court), seize (a person or property) by legal authority, from Old French atachier to fasten, fix, alteration of estachier, from estache stake]
1: to obtain a court order against (property of another person) that directs an officer of the court (as a sheriff) to seize or take control of the property compare garnish, levy
◇ A plaintiff may attach a defendant's property as a way of obtaining jurisdiction for the purpose of bringing a lawsuit or to prevent the defendant from getting rid of property that may be needed to pay a judgment to the plaintiff.
2: to join or make a part of
affidavits attach ed to the suit — Rosalind Resnick
3: to create a security interest in (property) and so acquire the right to foreclose on or otherwise deal with property for payment of a debt and to exercise one's rights in the property against third parties see also security interest at interest 1 compare perfect
vi: to become effective: as
a: to come into existence as a security interest
from the date the interest attach es
b: to become operative esp. as a right
the right to counsel attach es only at or after the initiation of adversary judicial proceedingsUnited States v. Gouveia, 467 U.S. 180 (1984) see also jeopardy
at·tach·able adj
at·tach·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (join) verb add, add as an accessory, adfigere, adhere, adjoin, adligare, affix, agglutinate, annex, append, assemble, bind, cohere, combine, conjoin, connect, consolidate, couple, embody, embrace, fasten, fasten together, incorporate, insert, link, make one, merge, put together, secure, subjoin, supplement, unite associated concepts: attach exhibits II (seize) verb adeem, annex, appropriate, arrogate, confiscate, disseise, distrain, distress, exact, expropriate, garnish, impound, impress, levy, overcome, preempt, press, replevy, retake, secure, seize summarily, sequester, sequestrate, take, take over, take possession of, take summarily, usurp associated concepts: attach property, provisional remedy III index abridge (divest), abut, adhere (fasten), affiliate, affix, annex (add), append, ascribe, bond (hold together), border (bound), cement, cohere (adhere), combine (join together), condemn (seize), confiscate, conjoin, connect (join together), contact (touch), deprive, distrain, divest, fix (make firm), garnish, impound, impress (procure by force), impute, join (bring together), levy, lock, sequester (seize property)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To join or connect.
(2) To seize a defendant’s property before a judgment has been reached at trial as security for any judgment that the plaintiff might receive.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 To add, affix, annex, bind, fasten, or join as a part.
2 To seize or take by legal process; to carry out an attachment, for example, to attach the funds in a debtor's bank account to pay a judgment.
3 To adhere or become legally effective, especially in connection with something or upon some event. For example, certain rights and responsibilities attach to becoming a parent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


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