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

Noun

affixal \ ˈa-​ˌfik-​səl How to pronounce affix (audio) \ or affixial \ a-​ˈfik-​sē-​əl How to pronounce affix (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 Every car, truck, and motorcycle had to affix a 6-by-9-inch placard with white numbers at the rear of their vehicle. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2021 Only after completing those steps could the employee ultimately proceed to affix his electronic signature to the company’s arbitration agreement and other documents. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021 One morning, before leaving, Kuriki-Olivo was moved to affix her daily dose of estrogen — two elliptical pale blue pills — to the wall. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 By 2013, officials in Ürümqi had begun to affix QR codes to the exterior of homes, which security personnel could scan to obtain details about residents. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 In other actions Wednesday, the FTC unanimously voted against rescinding a rule requiring clothing manufacturers to affix clothes with labels indicating how to care for them. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 21 July 2021 Jews who were later annihilated were forced by the Nazis to affix the stars to their clothing. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, 1 July 2021 First, Jenkins does not affix the ten-part miniseries, adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, solely to trauma. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 15 July 2021 And while the Tile’s sticky back will affix to anything, the AirTag, when it can’t be tucked, must be inserted in a sticky case (sold separately) or a case with key ring attached. Geoff Nudelman, WSJ, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Breyer has long been an outspoken defender of the Supreme Court as a nonpartisan institution and bristled at the labels of 'liberal' and 'conservative' that many commentators and the media affix to individual justices. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2021 The contraption itself, which looks like an infant bouncer, affixes to the bulkhead. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, 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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affix

verb

English Language Learners Definition of affix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to attach (something) to something else

affix

noun

English Language Learners Definition of affix (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

affix

transitive verb
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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