affix


affix
af•fix
v. [[t]əˈfɪks[/t]] n. [[t]ˈæf ɪks[/t]] v. t.
1) to fasten or attach:
to affix stamps to a letter[/ex]
2) to add on; append:
to affix a signature to a contract[/ex]
3) to attach (blame, reproach, etc.)
4) something that is joined or attached
5) gram. a bound inflectional or derivational element, as a prefix, infix, or suffix, added to a base or stem to form a fresh stem or a word, as -ed added to want to form wanted, or im- added to possible to form
impossible[/ex]
Etymology: 1525–35; < L affīxus, ptp. of affīgere to attach, fix =af- af-+fīgere to fasten af•fix′a•ble, adj. af•fix′al, af•fix′i•al, adj. af`fix•a′tion, af•fix′ment, n. af•fix′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • affix — af·fix /ə fiks, a / vt 1: to attach physically 2: to attach or add in any way affix a signature to a document 3: to make by or as if by pressure affix my seal Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • Affix — Af*fix , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affixed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affixing}.] [LL. affixare, L. affixus, p. p. of affigere to fasten to; ad + figere to fasten: cf. OE. affichen, F. afficher, ultimately fr. L. affigere. See {Fix}.] 1. To subjoin, annex, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affix — Sn nicht frei vorkommendes Wortbildungselement per. Wortschatz fach. (16. Jh., Form 20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. affīxum das Angeheftete , dem substantivierten PPP. von l. affīgere anheften, an etwas befestigen , zu l. fīgere (fīxum)… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • affix — [ə fiks′, afiks′; ] for n. [, af′iks΄] vt. [< L affixus, pp. of affigere, to fasten to < ad , to + figere, FIX] 1. to fasten; attach [to affix a label to a bottle] 2. to add at the end; append n. [Fr affixe < L affixus: see AFFIX the vt …   English World dictionary

  • Affix — Af fix, n.; pl. {Affixes}. [L. affixus, p. p. of affigere: cf. F. affixe.] That which is affixed; an appendage; esp. one or more letters or syllables added at the end of a word; a suffix; a postfix. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affíx — (lat., »Anfügung«), die am Anfang oder Ende eines Wortes angehängten Silben, die den Begriff desselben näher bestimmen, z. B. » lich« in »weiblich«. Vgl. Sprache …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Affix — (lat. affixum, Mehrzahl affixa), Anhang, am Anfang oder Ende eines Wortes angehängte Silbe …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • affix — vb *fasten, attach, fix Analogous words: append, *add, subjoin, annex: *stick, adhere Antonyms: detach Contrasted words: disengage (see DETACH) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • affix — is a grammatical term for word elements added at the beginnings or ends of words (e.g. anti , post , re , able, ness, tion). It is also used for elements put in the middle of words (infixes) such as Eliza Doolittle s abso blooming lutely …   Modern English usage

  • affix — [v] attach or stick add, annex, append, bind, fasten, glue, hitch on*, join, paste, put on, rivet, slap on*, subjoin, tack, tack on*, tag, tag on*; concepts 85,113,160 Ant. detach, let go, loosen …   New thesaurus

  • affix — ► VERB ▪ attach or fasten to something else. ► NOUN Grammar ▪ an addition to a word in order to modify its meaning or create a new word. DERIVATIVES affixation noun. ORIGIN Latin affixare, from figere to fix …   English terms dictionary