Definition of affix in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈfɪks
[with object]
  • 1Stick, attach, or fasten (something) to something else: panels to which he affixes copies of fine old prints
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [no object] Be able to be fixed: the strings affix to the back of the bridge
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    • How does it work and how does it affix to your ankle or your wrist?
    • The slightly modified handguards affix to the tube and the new sling swivel lives there too.
    • Easily affixed to the fridge or kitchen wall, the boards allow you to scribble notes and reminders when they come to you.


Pronunciation: /ˈafɪks
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  • An addition to the base form or stem of a word in order to modify its meaning or create a new word. Compare with prefix, suffix, infix.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /afɪkˈseɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • 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.


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

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