affix

verb
af·​fix | \ ə-ˈfiks , a-\
affixed; affixing; affixes

Definition of affix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to attach physically affix a stamp to a letter
2 : to attach in any way : add, append affix a signature to a document
3 : impress affixed my seal

affix

noun
af·​fix | \ ˈa-ˌfiks \

Definition of affix (Entry 2 of 2)

1 grammar : 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 The affix in the word "attendance" is "-ance."
2 : appendage

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Other Words from affix

Verb

affixable \ -​ˈfik-​sə-​bəl \ adjective
affixation \ ˌa-​ˌfik-​ˈsā-​shən \ noun
affixment \ ə-​ˈfik-​smənt , a-​ \ noun

Noun

affixal \ -​ˌfik-​səl \ or affixial \ a-​ˈfik-​sē-​əl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for affix

Synonyms: Verb

attach, bend, fasten, fix

Antonyms: Verb

detach, undo, unfasten, unhook

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Verb

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

Examples of affix in a Sentence

Verb

affix a first-class stamp to the envelope

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s a poetry to this: Scientists took the meter — an arbitrary length measurement invented by humans — and affixed it to a universal constant. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 Design your monogram onto the center of the board with the sequined trim, and use a hot glue gun to affix it to the center of the board. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "10 DIY Dorm Decor Hacks That Even Lazy Girls Can Do," 19 June 2017 Brush white glue on one side of your newspaper, then affix it to your jar. Lauren Oster, Redbook, "Autumn DIY: Paper-and-Glass Leaf Votives," 18 Nov. 2010 Sareen, assistant professor at the Parsons School of Design and an affiliate researcher at the MIT Media Lab, affixed silver electrodes to a Pink Flamingo Peace Lily and routed them to a robotic planter on wheels. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Leafy Green Cyborgs Are Coming," 6 Dec. 2018 On Friday, he was identified by authorities as the Florida man who put pipe bombs in small manila envelopes, affixed six stamps and sent them to some of Trump’s most prominent critics. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Bomb suspect: Ex-stripper with cash problems, Trump devotion," 27 Oct. 2018 By affixing cardboard to a HomeGoods basket, and fashioning vintage books on top of that with fabric glue, the innovative storage space comes to life. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch a Closet Be Completely Transformed Into a Glamorous Office Space," 26 July 2018 Regular lashes are affixed on the top of your lash line, whereas Lashify lashes are glued to your actual lashes, but on the underside. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried DIY Eyelash Extensions For A Month And Called It Quits With Mascara," 3 Jan. 2019 Beyond the tariffs on metals, the president has threatened to also affix tariffs on auto imports under the same national security rationale. William Mauldin, WSJ, "Court Questions Law That Underpins Trump’s Trade Policy," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of affix

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for affix

Verb

borrowed from Latin affīxus, past participle of affīgere "to fasten (to), attach," from ad- ad- + fīgere "to drive in, insert" — more at fix entry 1

Noun

borrowed from Middle French affixe "notice, placard, element added to the base or stem of a word (originally in Hebrew grammar)," borrowed from Latin affīxus, past participle of affīgere "to fasten (to), attach" — more at affix entry 1

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affix

verb

English Language Learners Definition of affix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to attach (something) to something else

affix

noun

English Language Learners Definition of affix (Entry 2 of 2)

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

affix

verb
af·​fix | \ ə-ˈfiks \
affixed; affixing

Kids Definition of affix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to attach firmly Affix the stamp to the envelope.
2 : to add to something else He affixed his signature to the letter.

affix

noun
af·​fix | \ ˈa-ˌfiks \

Kids Definition of affix (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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
af·​fix | \ ə-ˈfiks, a- \

Legal Definition of affix

1 : to attach physically
2 : to attach or add in any way affix a signature to a document
3 : to make by or as if by pressure affix my seal

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