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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-.

    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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