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 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

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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This hand-hewn quality is evinced in this show in a wooden coffin-cover on which Michel Lafleur, whose paintings of famous fades adorn barber shops across Port-au-Prince, has affixed a red and gold skull and masons’ squares. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New York Review of Books, "Picturing Haiti’s Freemasons," 2 June 2018 Customers can get the postmark when sending a postcard or mail in an envelope that is addressed and has postage affixed, according to a news release from the USPS. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen Post Office celebrates ‘Customer Appreciation Day’," 3 Sep. 2019 But as the sisters played, a pit bull lunged in their direction and strained to break free from a cord tied around its neck and affixed to a thin rope in a dilapidated garage. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 Both options include a bronze plaque that will be cemented at the base of the memorial tree or affixed to the back of the bench. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Fountain Valley residents can soon honor loved ones by buying a tree or bench in the city," 23 Aug. 2019 University police and staff spotted the materials on Aug. 12 affixed to buildings and a newspaper box, said Dr. Kathleen Wong(Lau), the school’s chief diversity officer. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Racist, anti-immigrant content posted across San Jose State campus," 21 Aug. 2019 The costume featured a papier mache head and red cloth body with the station’s call letters affixed across the front. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Chicken feeling young again with return to Petco Park," 27 July 2019 On Thursday, De Leon put on his Army dress uniform jacket, medals and ribbons affixed at the left breast. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "WWII and Korean War vets help celebrate American Legion centennial at Newport post," 15 Aug. 2019 While five of the party’s 20 candidates called Mr. Trump a racist during this week’s debates in Detroit, the party’s private polling shows that affixing that label to him is not the most effective way to peel support away from the president. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Why a Race-Baiting Trump Is Courting Black Voters," 3 Aug. 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)

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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