affix

verb
af·​fix | \ ə-ˈfiks How to pronounce affix (audio) , 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 How to pronounce affix (audio) \

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 How to pronounce affixable (audio) \ adjective
affixation \ ˌa-​ˌfik-​ˈsā-​shən How to pronounce affixation (audio) \ noun
affixment \ ə-​ˈfik-​smənt How to pronounce affixment (audio) , a-​ \ noun

Noun

affixal \ -​ˌfik-​səl How to pronounce affixal (audio) \ or affixial \ a-​ˈfik-​sē-​əl How to pronounce affixial (audio) \ 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

Then, all names — more than 7 million people from around the world have signed up so far — will be etched onto a microchip that will be affixed to the rover, which is still being built. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Blast your name to Mars aboard the 2020 rover," 28 June 2019 Your technician will be using a teeny-tiny, tweezer-like tool to precisely affix around 160 individual eyelashes to your eyes. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions," 8 June 2019 The State of Ohio recently passed a law allowing a Seal of Biliteracy to be affixed to high school diplomas. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls High School seniors earn Seal of Biliteracy: Community Voices," 7 June 2019 The person walking the dog that bit the pair was cited for failure to restrain a dog and the owner was cited for failure to affix the dog license tag to its collar. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale police blotter: Stone arch over driveway on County Line Road is knocked over," 5 June 2019 In short, these clusters each affix to a few lashes, making the shedding that happens later a big 'ol mess: lash clusters stick to lashes that have shed and natural lashes that are still intact. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions," 8 June 2019 So simple, so smart—par for Stihl: A series of interlocking, hard-plastic tubes that affix to the business end of a handheld or backpack leaf blower. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tools for Making Gutter Cleaning a Less Loathsome Chore," 8 Nov. 2018 Aside from those, the National Hurricane Center advises installing recessed plywood boards over windows, which provide more protection than merely affixing plywood boards that overlap the window frames. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence: How to prepare your home for the worst," 12 Sep. 2018 Kitty Wand Assorted scraps of felt and metallic paper become a captivating cat prop when affixed to a pretty dowel. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "5 Pet Toys You Can Make Yourself," 14 Aug. 2014

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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 How to pronounce affix (audio) \
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 How to pronounce affix (audio) \

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- How to pronounce affix (audio) \

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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