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fix

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verb \ˈfiks\

Simple Definition of fix

  • : to make (something) whole or able to work properly again : to repair (something)

  • : to deal with or correct (a problem)

  • : to attach (something) in such a way that it will not move : to connect or join (things) physically

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fix

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make firm, stable, or stationary b :  to give a permanent or final form to: as (1) :  to change into a stable compound or available form <bacteria that fix nitrogen> (2) :  to kill, harden, and preserve for microscopic study (3) :  to make the image of (a photographic film) permanent by removing unused salts c :  affix, attach

  3. 2 a :  to hold or direct steadily <fixes his eyes on the horizon> b :  to capture the attention of <fixed her with a stare>

  4. 3 a :  to set or place definitely :  establish b :  to make an accurate determination of :  discover <fixing our location on the chart> c :  assign <fix the blame>

  5. 4 :  to set in order :  adjust

  6. 5 :  to get ready :  prepare <fix lunch>

  7. 6 a :  repair, mend <fix the clock> b :  restore, cure <the doctor fixed him up> c :  spay, castrate

  8. 7 a :  to get even with b :  to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods <the race had been fixed>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to become firm, stable, or fixed

  11. 2 :  to get set :  be on the verge <we're fixing to leave soon>

  12. 3 :  to direct one's attention or efforts :  focus; also :  decide, settle —usually used with on <had fixed on the first Saturday in June>

fixable play \ˈfik-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of fix in a sentence

  1. He fixed the fence last weekend.

  2. I need to fix this dent in my car.

  3. People expect the schools to fix whatever is wrong with their kids.

  4. All tables on the ship will be fixed to the floor.

  5. The table was fixed firmly to the floor.

  6. The scarf was fixed in place with a pin.

  7. They haven't yet fixed the date of their wedding.

  8. They fixed the price at $10.

  9. Investigators are still attempting to fix the exact time of the accident.



Origin of fix

Middle English, from Latin fixus, past participle of figere to fasten; akin to Lithuanian dygti to sprout, break through


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fix

fasten, fix, attach, affix mean to make something stay firmly in place. fasten implies an action such as tying, buttoning, nailing, locking, or otherwise securing <fasten the reins to a post>. fix usually implies a driving in, implanting, or embedding <fixed the stake in the ground>. attach suggests a connecting or uniting by a bond, link, or tie in order to keep things together <attach the W-2 form here>. affix implies an imposing of one thing on another by gluing, impressing, or nailing <affix your address label here>.

Rhymes with fix


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fix

noun

Simple Definition of fix

  • : a difficult or embarrassing situation

  • : something that solves a problem

  • : the act of dishonestly controlling or affecting something (such as a game or election)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fix

  1. 1 :  a position of difficulty or embarrassment :  predicament

  2. 2 a :  the position (as of a ship) determined by bearings, observations, or radio; also :  a determination of one's position b :  an accurate determination or understanding especially by observation or analysis

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of improper or illegal fixing <the fix was in>

  4. 4 :  a supply or dose of something strongly desired or craved <a coffee fix>; especially :  a shot of a narcotic

  5. 5 :  fixation

  6. 6 :  something that fixes or restores :  solution <an easy fix>

Examples of fix in a sentence

  1. There's no easy fix to this problem.

  2. The result was unexpected, and some people suspect a fix.



1809

First Known Use of fix

1809



FIX Defined for Kids

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fix

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verb \ˈfiks\

Definition of fix for Students

fixedfixing

  1. 1 :  1repair 1, mend <Dad fixed the broken gate.>

  2. 2 :  to make firm or secure <We fixed the tent pegs in the ground.>

  3. 3 :  to hold or direct steadily <Fix your eyes on this.>

  4. 4 :  to set definitely :  establish <Let's fix the date of the meeting.>

  5. 5 :  to get ready :  prepare <fix dinner>

  6. 6 :  to cause to chemically change into an available and useful form <These soil bacteria fix nitrogen.>

fixer \ˈfik-sər\ noun



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fix

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noun

Definition of fix for Students

  1. 1 :  an unpleasant or difficult position <Losing his library book left him in a fix.>

  2. 2 :  something that solves a problem <a quick fix>




Medical Dictionary

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fix

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verb \ˈfiks\

Medical Definition of fix

  1. 1a:  to make firm, stable, or stationaryb:  to give a permanent or final form to: as (1):  to change into a stable compound or available form <bacteria that fix nitrogen> (2):  to kill, harden, and preserve for microscopic study

  2. 2:  to hold or direct steadily <fixes her eyes on the horizon>

  3. 3a:  restore, cure <the doctor fixed him up>b:  spay, castrate 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to direct the gaze or attention :  focus, fixate—often used with on or upon




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fix

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Medical Definition of fix

  1. :  a shot of a narcotic




Law Dictionary

fix

transitive verb

Legal Definition of fix

  1. 1a :  to make firm, stable, or stationary b :  to attach physically

  2. 2 :  to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods <conspiracy to defraud the government by fixing income tax cases — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.>

fix noun
fixer noun




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