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

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High on Life has trespassed into a sensitive archeological area at Machu Pichu, climbed Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, affixed a rope swing to Utah’s picturesque, but fragile Corona Arch, and water skied behind an RV across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018 Both the Fang Family Plugin House and the Huang Family Plugin House are in the typical Plugin style— angular, white additions that affix to the sides and ceilings of crumbling ruins. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab ‘plug-in houses’ help revitalize dilapidated buildings," 18 Dec. 2018 Dior also had a distinct retro-futurist vibe above the neck, presenting a throw-it-on-and-go solution for a bad hair day with ultra-sleek glitter caps affixed with fishnet veils. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019 Rather than using a pencil or powder, makeup artist James Kaliardos affixed small rectangles of silver, blue, orange, and green onto models’ upper lids. Akili King, Vogue, "This NYFW Eyeliner Hack Is About to Revolutionize Your Makeup Routine," 13 Feb. 2019 There’s an American flag affixed to a hatch on the International Space Station, circling about 250 miles above the planet. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 And that's not even bold in a bad way: girl is wearing head-to-toe Versace, covered in Bulgari jewelry, and the best accessory is the breast pump affixed to her chest, because motherhood stops for no one. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Rachel McAdams Pairs a Breast Pump With Versace For Latest Magazine Cover," 19 Dec. 2018 Sponsons made of rigid foam plastic, and affixed to port and starboard sides of the craft, kept it afloat. Eric Adler, The Seattle Times, "Congress didn’t act after 1999 duck-boat tragedy. Now it must, experts say.," 30 July 2018 But since launching a pizza empire from his family's Jeffersonville bar in 1984, Schnatter has donated million of dollars, with his name affixed to everything from college buildings to football stadiums. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "How Indiana institutions are dealing with Papa John's name," 12 July 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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The first known use of affix was in the 14th century

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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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