Definition of affix in English:



Pronunciation /əˈfɪks/
  • 1 Stick, attach, or fasten (something) to something else:

    ‘panels to which he affixes copies of fine old prints’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And who is responsible for what happens once the photograph is affixed to the gallery wall or printed in the fine volume of war photography?’
    • ‘My photo is affixed to this document, and it, too, has an official stamp from the government.’
    • ‘I am enclosing the card on which the Post Office wanted me to affix the necessary stamps.’
    • ‘They were affixed to plywood that was displayed on the walkway to Parliament Hill.’
    • ‘I used double-sided tape to affix the ribbon to the paper.’
    • ‘It would be relatively easy for every community to affix geodetic coding on the signs as they are placed.’
    • ‘Until he can find a way to affix them more securely to his house, he says, they will remain stored in his garage.’
    • ‘Each cable also includes an appropriate amount of clips and screws to properly affix the cables to the floor.’
    • ‘Located next to the clip is a hole for affixing a lanyard to the base of the knife.’
    • ‘Finally, he agreed to sign and affix his fingerprint to the four-page confession the police had written for him.’
    • ‘Their job was to go through the cards that all the journalists needed to have, register their seats, affixing the numbers to the seat along with the journalists' names.’
    • ‘Anyway, I went over to right the fan and after affixing the cover I turned it on.’
    • ‘Make sure your copyright notice is affixed to copies in such manner and location as to give reasonable notice of your copyright.’
    • ‘Using only my wits and finely honed eye-hand coordination, I successfully affixed two labels.’
    • ‘The bath included a 10-cm glass Petri dish to which tubing was affixed with cyanoacrylate glue.’
    • ‘I affix a leather saddle to his hairy back and ride him into many righteous battles.’
    • ‘At least one fastener affixes the mounting bracket and component to the chassis.’
    • ‘The patch is actually affixed to the skin and then, over time, it releases a steady stream of hormones.’
    • ‘In my effort to ‘push the envelope,’ had I perhaps neglected to affix sufficient postage?’
    append, add, add on, attach
    attach, stick, fasten, bind, fix, post, secure, join, connect, couple
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    1. 1.1[no object] Be able to be fixed:
      ‘the strings affix to the back of the bridge’
      • ‘And because it affixes to the bike with included double-sided tape, there are no holes to drill.’
      • ‘Easily affixed to the fridge or kitchen wall, the boards allow you to scribble notes and reminders when they come to you.’
      • ‘The printer warms this ribbon and sublimates the dye so it affixes to the specially coated glossy paper.’
      • ‘It affixes to any outside surface of a car, and doesn't cause damage like magnetic signs or bumper stickers would.’
      • ‘Rather, you adjust the arm so it affixes to the windshield glass tightly when the unit is resting where you want it on your dashboard.’
      • ‘It has a sturdy, completely enclosed bearing mechanism that runs completely silently and it affixes to the side of the cage with 3 wing nuts.’
      • ‘Neither of these things is true of the art work affixed to a ceramic tile.’
      • ‘The slightly modified handguards affix to the tube and the new sling swivel lives there too.’
      • ‘It affixes to the wall with two screws, and no measuring or leveling is required.’
      • ‘The paint is thin and soluble, it affixes to concrete, brick, mortar and embeds itself.’
      • ‘It affixes to the guitar in a very simple fashion, and it is able to be removed in a similarly easy manner.’
      • ‘It affixes to the camera's base, adding 20 mm in height, and replaces the right handgrip as well.’
      • ‘How does it work and how does it affix to your ankle or your wrist?’
      • ‘The map affixed to the underside of the top of the box, showing the east and west coastlines of the peninsula joined to create a continuous coast.’
      • ‘It's a gold plated door handle affixed to a glass bar that was mounted in the middle of a large empty warehouse-type space.’


Pronunciation /ˈafɪks/
  • 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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast, where the affix is a prefix, the dependent clause follows the independent clause.’
    • ‘Derivational affixes include prefixes and suffixes like un - in ‘unsteady’ and able as in ‘knowable.’’


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