append








verb (used with object)

  1. to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin: to append a note to a letter.
  2. to attach or suspend as a pendant.
  3. to sign a document with; affix: to append one’s signature to a will.

verb (tr)

  1. to add as a supplementto append a footnote
  2. to attach; hang on
v.

late 14c., “to belong to as a possession or right,” from Old French apendre (13c.) belong, be dependent (on); attach (oneself) to; hang, hang up,” and directly from Latin appendere “to cause to hang (from something), weigh,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + pendere “hang” (see pendant).

Meaning “to hang on, attach as a pendant” is 1640s; that of “attach as an appendix” is recorded by 1843. OED says the original word was obsolete by c.1500, and these later transitive senses represent a reborrowing from Latin or French. Related: Appended; appending.

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