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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
af•fix /v. əˈfɪks; n. ˈæfɪks/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object (+ to + object)]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to fasten, join, or attach: to affix stamps to a letter.
- to add on;
append: to affix a signature to a contract.
- Grammar(in grammar) an element such as a prefix or suffix, added to a base or stem of a word to form another word. Examples are the past tense suffix -ed added to want to form wanted, or the negative prefix im- added to possible to form impossible.
(v. ə fiks′;n. af′iks), v.t.
- to fasten, join, or attach (usually fol. 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[Gram.]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. Cf. combining form.
- Latin affīxus fastened to (past participle of affīgere), equivalent. to af- af- + fīg- fasten + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
(a fik′sē əl),
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
affix vb /əˈfɪks/(tr; usually followed by to or on)
- to attach, fasten, join, or stick
- to add or append: to affix a signature to a document
- to attach or attribute (guilt, blame, etc)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin affixāre, from ad- to + fixāre to fixaffixation /ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən/, affixture /əˈfɪkstʃə/ n
- 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
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