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[v. uh-fiks; n. af-iks] /v. əˈfɪks; n. 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 affix
  • Remove the protective backing on the double-stick tape on the top edge and affix the film to it.
  • The bread seems to affix itself magnetically to the fingers.
  • Store these smaller boxes in drawers and affix the boxes with prominent labels that indicate their contents.
  • He hopes to one day permanently affix artificial legs to the bones of horses and other creatures.
  • The artisan uses the last to tack down damp leather and affix the sole with pegs.
  • The buffer prevented damage to the silicon during a high-temperature annealing process used to affix the thin film.
  • affix a mirror or piece of polished, galvanized steel to the top surface.
  • It is illegal to affix any sign or flier to a lamppost, and these have been glued down, making them almost impossible to remove.
  • But if nothing else, she is a politician on whom labels do not affix easily.
  • And for customers who want to use an umbrella as a cane, the shop will affix a rubber tip to the sturdier models.
British Dictionary definitions for affix


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 affix

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.).

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