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affix

Syllabification: af·fix

Definition of affix in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /əˈfiks
 
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[with object]
Stick, attach, or fasten (something) to something else: he licked the stamp and affixed it to the envelope
More example sentences
  • Make sure your copyright notice is affixed to copies in such manner and location as to give reasonable notice of your copyright.
  • Once the border on the wood is engraved, a fine cotton canvas is affixed to the wood with rabbit skin glue - a binding agent that is soaked in water overnight and then heated.
  • At least one fastener affixes the mounting bracket and component to the chassis.
Synonyms

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈaˌfiks
 
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Grammar Back to top  
An additional element placed at the beginning or end of a root, stem, or word, or in the body of a word, to modify its meaning. See also infix, prefix, suffix.
Example sentences
  • Languages that work like this, where whole phrases or clauses can be formed in one word by attaching affixes to noun stems or verbs, are called polysynthetic.
  • We usually have in mind a system where a stem is combined with various affixes, which might be prefixes, suffixes, or infixes.
  • The experimenters pronounced the affixes and bases in the blending part and the complex words in the segmentation part.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French affixer or medieval Latin affixare, frequentative of Latin affigere, from ad- 'to' + figere 'to fix'.

Derivatives

affixation

1
Pronunciation: /ˌafikˈsāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Newspapers - even the venerable New York Times - printed flags across entire back pages for affixation to windows.
  • Root and pattern affixation is considered nonlinear since neither of the two morphological components appears in continuous form; rather, they are interdigitated within each other.
  • That is, the traditional concept of witnessing the affixation of a traditional signature reduces the incidence of forged signatures.

Words that rhyme with affix

admix, commix, fix, Hicks, intermix, MI6, mix, nix, Nyx, pix, Pnyx, prix fixe, pyx, Ricks, six, Styx, transfix, Wicks

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