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."

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Other Words from affix

Verb

affixable \ ə-​ˈfik-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce affixable (audio) , a-​ \ 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 \ ˈa-​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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Or our right to affix a sign to our car comparing watching Netflix to prison. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Hey, Michigan Capitol protesters: Next time stay in your cars," 16 Apr. 2020 Employees say fumes from glue used to affix the hats could have poisoned the bird. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "MAGA hats can harm Las Vegas pigeons. PETA says enough with the 'stupid pranks.'," 21 Feb. 2020 The new optics-ready version has a machined area atop the rear of the slide to accept any of four included mounting plates—allowing shooters to easily affix an optic of their choice. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "Best Cheap Guns of SHOT Show 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Often companies have a need for both general and more expert labeling and employ a combination of outsourcing firms, freelancers, and in-house experts to affix these annotations. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "If data is the new oil, these companies are the new Baker Hughes," 4 Feb. 2020 In late June, the president held a signing ceremony in the White House's grand foyer to affix his signature to the order. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "New Trump administration rule will make more health care rates public," 15 Nov. 2019 Centuries later, after rubber’s properties had become a subject of fascination for European scientists, a Scottish chemist named Charles Macintosh got the idea to use it to affix two pieces of cloth together. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The North Face’s new fabric is the latest attempt in an endless struggle to stay dry," 31 Oct. 2019 For good measure they were asked to affix their thumbprints. The Economist, "Justice in China is notoriously harsh, but reforms are afoot," 31 Oct. 2019 The United States and Canada track cattle using a system that requires ranchers to affix an ear tag with a microchip to every cow shortly after birth, at a cost of a few dollars per animal. Jesse Hyde, Los Angeles Times, "Brazil had a plan to stop the Amazon’s destruction. Here’s how it failed," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The contraption itself, which looks like an infant bouncer, affixes to the bulkhead. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive a Red-Eye Flight With a Baby," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of affix was in the 14th century

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29 May 2020

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“Affix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affix. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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affix

verb
How to pronounce affix (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of affix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to attach (something) to something else

affix

noun
How to pronounce affix (audio)

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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