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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each cable also includes an appropriate amount of clips and screws to properly affix the cables to the floor.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Finally, he agreed to sign and affix his fingerprint to the four-page confession the police had written for him.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The patch is actually affixed to the skin and then, over time, it releases a steady stream of hormones.’
- ‘At least one fastener affixes the mounting bracket and component to the chassis.’
- ‘It would be relatively easy for every community to affix geodetic coding on the signs as they are placed.’
- ‘Using only my wits and finely honed eye-hand coordination, I successfully affixed two labels.’
- ‘In my effort to ‘push the envelope,’ had I perhaps neglected to affix sufficient postage?’
- ‘They were affixed to plywood that was displayed on the walkway to Parliament Hill.’
- ‘My photo is affixed to this document, and it, too, has an official stamp from the government.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The bath included a 10-cm glass Petri dish to which tubing was affixed with cyanoacrylate glue.’
- ‘Until he can find a way to affix them more securely to his house, he says, they will remain stored in his garage.’
- ‘Make sure your copyright notice is affixed to copies in such manner and location as to give reasonable notice of your copyright.’
- ‘I am enclosing the card on which the Post Office wanted me to affix the necessary stamps.’
- ‘I affix a leather saddle to his hairy back and ride him into many righteous battles.’
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.
- ‘Derivational affixes include prefixes and suffixes like un - in ‘unsteady’ and able as in ‘knowable.’’
- ‘In contrast, where the affix is a prefix, the dependent clause follows the independent clause.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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