verb af·fix \ə-ˈfiks, a-\

: to attach (something) to something else

Full Definition of AFFIX

transitive verb
:  to attach physically <affix a stamp to a letter>
:  to attach in any way :  add, append <affix a signature to a document>
:  impress <affixed my seal>
af·fix·able \-ˈfik-sə-bəl\ adjective
af·fix·a·tion \ˌa-ˌfik-ˈsā-shən\ noun
af·fix·ment \ə-ˈfik-smənt, a-\ noun

Examples of AFFIX

  1. <affix a first-class stamp to the envelope>

Origin of AFFIX

Latin affixus, past participle of affigere to fasten to, from ad- + figere to fasten — more at fix
First Known Use: 1533


noun af·fix \ˈa-ˌfiks\

grammar : a letter or group of letters added to the beginning or end of a word to change its meaning : a prefix or suffix

Full Definition of AFFIX

:  one or more sounds or letters occurring as a bound form attached to the beginning or end of a word, base, or phrase or inserted within a word or base and serving to produce a derivative word or an inflectional form
:  appendage
af·fix·al \-ˌfik-səl\ or af·fix·i·al \a-ˈfik-sē-əl\ adjective

First Known Use of AFFIX


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