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See also: fix and FIX



The common element of prefix, suffix, and affix — all ultimately from Latin figere, to fasten.




  1. (grammar) Forming nouns denoting a morpheme used in word formation joined to a word in the specified way (e.g.: infix = "attached within", circumfix = "attached around").
  2. (chiefly grammar) Forming verbs denoting fastening or attaching (something) in the specified way (e.g.: suffix = "append", prefix = "preface").

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  • Used to form new words only in language-related fields.

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