One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stick, attach, or fasten (something) to something else.‘he licked the stamp and affixed it to the envelope’
attach, stick, fasten, bind, fix, post, secure, join, connect, coupleappend, add, add on, attachView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Each cable also includes an appropriate amount of clips and screws to properly affix the cables to the floor.’
- ‘The patch is actually affixed to the skin and then, over time, it releases a steady stream of hormones.’
- ‘Make sure your copyright notice is affixed to copies in such manner and location as to give reasonable notice of your copyright.’
- ‘My photo is affixed to this document, and it, too, has an official stamp from the government.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I am enclosing the card on which the Post Office wanted me to affix the necessary stamps.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Until he can find a way to affix them more securely to his house, he says, they will remain stored in his garage.’
- ‘Located next to the clip is a hole for affixing a lanyard to the base of the knife.’
- ‘Using only my wits and finely honed eye-hand coordination, I successfully affixed two labels.’
- ‘Finally, he agreed to sign and affix his fingerprint to the four-page confession the police had written for him.’
- ‘They were affixed to plywood that was displayed on the walkway to Parliament Hill.’
- ‘Anyway, I went over to right the fan and after affixing the cover I turned it on.’
- ‘In my effort to ‘push the envelope,’ had I perhaps neglected to affix sufficient postage?’
- ‘The bath included a 10-cm glass Petri dish to which tubing was affixed with cyanoacrylate glue.’
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.
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We usually have in mind a system where a stem is combined with various affixes, which might be prefixes, suffixes, or infixes.’
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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