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affix

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verb af·fix \ə-ˈfiks, a-\

Simple Definition of affix

  • : to attach (something) to something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of affix

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attach physically <affix a stamp to a letter>

  3. 2 :  to attach in any way :  add, append <affix a signature to a document>

  4. 3 :  impress <affixed my seal>

affixable

play \-ˈfik-sə-bəl\ adjective

affixation

play \ˌa-ˌfik-ˈsā-shən\ noun

affixment

play \ə-ˈfik-smənt, a-\ noun

Examples of affix in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of affix

Latin affixus, past participle of affigere to fasten to, from ad- + figere to fasten — more at fix


First Known Use: 1533

Synonym Discussion of affix

fasten, fix, attach, affix mean to make something stay firmly in place. fasten implies an action such as tying, buttoning, nailing, locking, or otherwise securing <fasten the reins to a post>. fix usually implies a driving in, implanting, or embedding <fixed the stake in the ground>. attach suggests a connecting or uniting by a bond, link, or tie in order to keep things together <attach the W-2 form here>. affix implies an imposing of one thing on another by gluing, impressing, or nailing <affix your address label here>.

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affix

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noun af·fix \ˈa-ˌfiks\

Simple Definition of affix

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of affix

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  appendage

affixal

play \-ˌfik-səl\ or

affixial

play \a-ˈfik-sē-əl\ adjective

1612

First Known Use of affix

1612

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


AFFIX Defined for Kids

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affix

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verb af·fix \ə-ˈfiks\

Definition of affix for Students

affixed

affixing

  1. 1 :  to attach firmly <Affix the stamp to the envelope.>

  2. 2 :  to add to something else <He affixed his signature to the letter.>




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affix

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noun af·fix \ˈa-ˌfiks\

Definition of affix for Students

  1. :  a letter or group of letters (as a prefix or suffix) that comes at the beginning or end of a word and has a meaning of its own




Law Dictionary

affix

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transitive verb af·fix \ə-ˈfiks, a-\

Legal Definition of affix

  1. 1 :  to attach physically

  2. 2 :  to attach or add in any way <affix a signature to a document>

  3. 3 :  to make by or as if by pressure <affix my seal>





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