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."

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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

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 The plexiglass will be affixed to each register and serve as a divider between guests and employees processing transactions. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Giant Eagle installs plexiglass shields, enacts bag changes to stem coronavirus spread," 23 Mar. 2020 Instead new insulation is affixed through the construction of a new inner layer that spirals around the axon like a snake below the overlying myelin. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways," 12 Mar. 2020 Some were in the conventional places, on pants and vests; others were affixed to the sleeves of T-shirts or along waistbands. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 The advertisement is affixed to a yellow school bus. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "London bus ad urges Prince Andrew to 'call the FBI' over Epstein allegations," 21 Feb. 2020 Both were affixed to the pigeons’ heads with eyelash glue. BostonGlobe.com, "Grenell to be the acting director of national intelligence," 19 Feb. 2020 Jibs were affixed here and there to the big features, as thumb catches or footholds. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019 According to Sky Harbor's Art Collection website, 52 different materials were affixed to a canvas backing attached to the wall. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "The historic mural in Sky Harbor Airport's Terminal 2 is moving. Here's why and what's next," 13 Dec. 2019 The quaint spot is affixed with lighting so that Tierney and her guests can enjoy the space day or night. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Inside The Affair Star Maura Tierney's Radically Redone New York City Town House," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The contraption itself, which looks like an infant bouncer, affixes to the bulkhead. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive a Red-Eye Flight With a Baby," 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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The first known use of affix was in the 14th century

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3 Apr 2020

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“Affix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affix. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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affix

verb
How to pronounce affix (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of affix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to attach (something) to something else

affix

noun
How to pronounce affix (audio)

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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