affix

[ 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.).

noun

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.

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

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affix


verb (əˈfɪks) (tr; usually foll by to or on)

to attach, fasten, join, or stickto affix a poster to the wall
to add or appendto 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 affixSee also prefix, suffix, infix
something fastened or attached; appendage

Derived Forms

affixation (ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən) or affixture (əˈfɪkstʃə), noun

Word Origin for affix

C15: from Medieval Latin affixāre, from ad- to + fixāre to fix
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