Definition of affix in US English:

affix

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /əˈfiks//əˈfɪks/
  • Stick, attach, or fasten (something) to something else.

    ‘he licked the stamp and affixed it to the envelope’
    • ‘My photo is affixed to this document, and it, too, has an official stamp from the government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, he agreed to sign and affix his fingerprint to the four-page confession the police had written for him.’
    • ‘Make sure your copyright notice is affixed to copies in such manner and location as to give reasonable notice of your copyright.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It would be relatively easy for every community to affix geodetic coding on the signs as they are placed.’
    • ‘Anyway, I went over to right the fan and after affixing the cover I turned it on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least one fastener affixes the mounting bracket and component to the chassis.’
    • ‘In my effort to ‘push the envelope,’ had I perhaps neglected to affix sufficient postage?’
    • ‘I affix a leather saddle to his hairy back and ride him into many righteous battles.’
    • ‘Until he can find a way to affix them more securely to his house, he says, they will remain stored in his garage.’
    • ‘Using only my wits and finely honed eye-hand coordination, I successfully affixed two labels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Located next to the clip is a hole for affixing a lanyard to the base of the knife.’
    • ‘I used double-sided tape to affix the ribbon to the paper.’
    • ‘They were affixed to plywood that was displayed on the walkway to Parliament Hill.’
    • ‘The bath included a 10-cm glass Petri dish to which tubing was affixed with cyanoacrylate glue.’
    attach, stick, fasten, bind, fix, post, secure, join, connect, couple
    append, add, add on, attach
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noun

Pronunciation /ˈaˌfiks//ˈæˌfɪks/
Grammar
  • 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
    • ‘Derivational affixes include prefixes and suffixes like un - in ‘unsteady’ and able as in ‘knowable.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The experimenters pronounced the affixes and bases in the blending part and the complex words in the segmentation part.’
    • ‘We usually have in mind a system where a stem is combined with various affixes, which might be prefixes, suffixes, or infixes.’
    • ‘In contrast, where the affix is a prefix, the dependent clause follows the independent clause.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

affix

Verb/əˈfɪks/

affix

Noun/ˈæˌfɪks/