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

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 But the plants had no roots; they were made of plastic and affixed to hairpins. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Power of Wearing Flowers," 16 Feb. 2018 In New York City and state, excise taxes on cigarettes are paid through stamps affixed to every pack of cigarettes sold. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "FedEx Agrees to Pay $35 Million to Settle Cigarette-Shipment Lawsuits," 14 Jan. 2019 The startup, which makes popular circular contraptions that can be used as a grip or a stand affixed to cellphones, sold its accessories at wholesale prices to Amazon, which then sold them at retail prices to Amazon.com shoppers. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands," 29 Nov. 2018 Since the 19th century, all the physical relics of the old metric system have been replaced by measurements affixed to constant forces of nature. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 And it’s all powered by the head-to-toe solar panels affixed to the camper’s exterior. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 campers pushing RV design into the future," 28 Sep. 2018 Since launching a pizza empire from his family's Jeffersonville bar in 1984s, Schnatter has donated millions of dollars, with his name or his company’s affixed to everything from local gymnasiums to major university football stadiums. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Cardinal Stadium is Papa John's to name, but pressure mounts to change it," 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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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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