tr.v. in·fixed, in·fix·ing, in·fix·es
1. To fix in the mind; instill.
2. Linguistics To insert (a morphological element) into the body of a word.
An inflectional or derivational element appearing in the body of a word. For example, in Tagalog, the active verb sulat, "write," can be converted to a passive, "written," by inserting the infix -in-, yielding sinulat.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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