[ 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.
Words nearby affix
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
OTHER WORDS FROM affix
af·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, noun
re·af·fix, verb (used with object)un·af·fixed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for affixment
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)
Derived forms of affixaffixation (ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən) or affixture (əˈfɪkstʃə), noun
Word Origin for affix
C15: from Medieval Latin affixāre, from ad- to + fixāre to fix
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