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[verb uh-fiks; noun af-iks] /verb əˈfɪks; noun ˈæf ɪks/
verb (used with object)
to fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by to):
to affix stamps to a letter.
to put or add on; append:
to affix a signature to a contract.
to impress (a seal or stamp).
to attach (blame, reproach, ridicule, etc.).
something that is joined or attached.
Grammar. a bound inflectional or derivational element, as a prefix, infix, or suffix, added to a base or stem to form a fresh stem or a word, as -ed added to want to form wanted, or im- added to possible to form impossible.
Compare combining form.
Origin of affix
1525-35; < Latin affīxus fastened to (past participle of affīgere), equivalent to af- af- + fīg- fasten + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
affixable, adjective
[a-fik-suh l] /æˈfɪk səl/ (Show IPA),
[a-fik-see-uh l] /æˈfɪk si əl/ (Show IPA),
affixer, noun
affixment, noun
reaffix, verb (used with object)
unaffixed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for affixing
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  • The young man stood all day upon his narrow platform, affixing rings or holding forth the basket.

  • On August 4th he has the gratification of affixing his name to it.

  • This is the inventory of the goods, Herr Graf, which you will please assign over to me, by affixing your signature.

  • This stamp was employed in affixing his signature to the remission to the Hamiltons.

  • Persons agreeing to buy a ship's cargo appoint a disinterested person to allot a share to each by affixing their respective names.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Did you consider that reply as affixing the ownership of the horse to himself?

    Geoffery Gambado William Henry Bunbury
  • As he spoke he drew an arrow from his quiver, and, affixing the notch to the bow-string, carried the weapon in his left hand.

  • To the readers of this poem an apology is needed for affixing thereto a praem.

    Betelguese Jean Louis de Esque
  • Of the three types of affixing—the use of prefixes, suffixes, and infixes—suffixing is much the commonest.

    Language Edward Sapir
British Dictionary definitions for affixing


verb (transitive; usually foll by to or on) (əˈfɪks)
to attach, fasten, join, or stick: to affix a poster to the wall
to add or append: to affix a signature to a document
to attach or attribute (guilt, blame, etc)
noun (ˈæfɪks)
a linguistic element added to a word or root to produce a derived or inflected form: -ment in establishment is a derivational affix; -s in drowns is an inflectional affix See also prefix, suffix, infix
something fastened or attached; appendage
Derived Forms
affixation (ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən), affixture (əˈfɪkstʃə) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin affixāre, from ad- to + fixāre to fix
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Word Origin and History for affixing



1610s, from affix (v.).



1530s, from Medieval Latin affixare, frequentative of Latin affigere (past participle affixus) "fasten to, attach," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + figere "fasten" (see fix (v.)).

First used by Scottish writers and perhaps from Middle French affixer, a temporarily re-Latinized spelling of Old French afichier (Modern French afficher). Related: Affixed; affixing.


1610s, from affix (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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