WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
af•fix /v. əˈfɪks; n. ˈæfɪks/USA pronunciation   v. [~ + object (+ to + object)]
  1. to fasten, join, or attach: to affix stamps to a letter.
  2. to add on;
    append: to affix a signature to a contract.

n. [countable]
  • 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.
  • See -fix-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    af•fix  (v. ə fiks;n. afiks), 
    v.t. 
    1. to fasten, join, or attach (usually fol. 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.).

    n. 
  • 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.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin affīxus fastened to (past participle of affīgere), equivalent. to af- af- + fīg- fasten + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
    • 1525–35
    af•fixa•ble, adj. 
    af•fix•al  (a fiksəl), 
    af•fix•i•al  (a fiksē əl), 
    adj. 
    af•fixer, n. 
    af•fixment, n. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    affix vb /əˈfɪks/(tr; usually followed by to or on)
    1. to attach, fasten, join, or stick
    2. to add or append: to affix a signature to a document
    3. to attach or attribute (guilt, blame, etc)
    n /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 affix
      See also prefix, suffix, infix
    2. something fastened or attached; appendage
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin affixāre, from ad- to + fixāre to fix

    affixation /ˌæfɪkˈseɪʃən/, affixture /əˈfɪkstʃə/ n



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