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[verb uh-fiks; noun af-iks]
verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by to): to affix stamps to a letter.
  2. to put or add on; append: to affix a signature to a contract.
  3. to impress (a seal or stamp).
  4. to attach (blame, reproach, ridicule, etc.).
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  1. something that is joined or attached.
  2. 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.
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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 formsaf·fix·a·ble, adjectiveaf·fix·al [a-fik-suh l] /æˈfɪk səl/, af·fix·i·al [a-fik-see-uh l] /æˈfɪk si əl/, adjectiveaf·fix·er, nounaf·fix·ment, nounre·af·fix, verb (used with object)un·af·fixed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for affixes

Historical Examples

  • If he enters a house, steps into a canoe, affixes his name to a field, it is his.

    Introduction to the History of Religions

    Crawford Howell Toy

  • The Jewish Bible follows our version, but affixes the mark of doubt to the word.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • All verbs with these affixes may also occur with hi-(→) inserted after the prefixes.

  • It requires of us all labor and self-sacrifice, but to these it affixes a limit.

  • English also uses a number of affixes that are derived from Latin and Greek.


    Edward Sapir

British Dictionary definitions for affixes


verb (əˈfɪks) (tr; usually foll by to or on)
  1. to attach, fasten, join, or stickto affix a poster to the wall
  2. to add or appendto affix a signature to a document
  3. to attach or attribute (guilt, blame, etc)
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noun (ˈæfɪks)
  1. 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 affixSee also prefix, suffix, infix
  2. something fastened or attached; appendage
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Derived Formsaffixation (ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən) or 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 affixes



1610s, from affix (v.).

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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.

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