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affix

verb af·fix \ ə-ˈfiks , a- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of affix

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of affix

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

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

noun af·fix \ ˈa-ˌfiks \

Definition of affix

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

affixal

play \-ˌfik-səl\ or affixial play \a-ˈfik-sē-əl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of affix

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 1affix

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


AFFIX Defined for English Language Learners

affix

verb

Definition of affix for English Language Learners

  • : to attach (something) to something else


affix

noun

Definition of affix for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

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affix

verb af·fix \ ə-ˈfiks \

Definition of affix for Students

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

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affix

noun af·fix \ ˈa-ˌfiks \

Definition of affix for Students

: 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

transitive verb 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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