fix

verb
\ ˈfiks How to pronounce fix (audio) \
fixed; fixing; fixes

Definition of fix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make firm, stable, or stationary We led out more rope and fixed it in place up steeper snow.— Joe Tasker & Peter Boardman
b : to give a permanent or final form to: such 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 The tables on the ship were fixed to the floor.
2a : to hold or direct steadily fixes his eyes on the horizon
b : to capture the attention of fixed her with a stare
3a : to set or place definitely : establish fixed the date of their wedding
b : to make an accurate determination of : discover fixing our location on the chart
c : assign fix the blame
4 : to set in order : adjust fixed his spectacles and read aloud— George Meredith
5 : to get ready : prepare fix lunch
6a : repair, mend fix the clock
b : restore, cure the doctor fixed him up
c : spay, castrate had his dog fixed
7a : to get even with They thought they could cheat me, but I fixed them good.
b : to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods the race had been fixed

intransitive verb

1 : to become firm, stable, or fixed
2 : to get set : be on the verge we're fixing to leave soon
3 : to direct one's attention or efforts : focus also : decide, settle usually used with on had fixed on the first Saturday in June All eyes fixed on her as she entered the room.

fix

noun

Definition of fix (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a position of difficulty or embarrassment : predicament
2a : 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 : an act or instance of improper or illegal fixing the fix was in
4 : a supply or dose of something strongly desired or craved a coffee fix especially : a shot of a narcotic
5 : fixation
6 : something that fixes or restores : solution an easy fix

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Other Words from fix

Verb

fixable \ ˈfik-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce fixable (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for fix

Verb

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

Examples of fix in a Sentence

Verb

He fixed the fence last weekend. I need to fix this dent in my car. People expect the schools to fix whatever is wrong with their kids. All tables on the ship will be fixed to the floor. The table was fixed firmly to the floor. The scarf was fixed in place with a pin. They haven't yet fixed the date of their wedding. They fixed the price at $10. Investigators are still attempting to fix the exact time of the accident.

Noun

There's no easy fix to this problem. The result was unexpected, and some people suspect a fix.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Following assaults on inmates and officers at Lewis, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered an investigation to identify broken locks and other problems and determine how much the state must spend to fix them. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Broken locks at Arizona prison won't be fixed until late 2020, corrections director says," 18 June 2019 Vanessa Platter flipped houses in Eagle River for years, fixing them up and selling them off. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "The November earthquake ‘put a shiver’ through the Anchorage housing market," 17 June 2019 The budget process has clearly broken down and needs to be fixed. Jay Cost, National Review, "Restoring Congress: The Parties Are a Solution," 17 June 2019 Rather than find out, Tabitha accepts this simply can’t be fixed. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 This means that in contrast to liquids and solids, the volume of a gas is not fixed. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "In and Out: Demonstrating Boyle's Law," 13 June 2019 James keeps coaching through it all, giving pep talks, fixing batting stances. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 These are the broad strokes of an exhausting and exhilarating day-plus of conversations among well-meaning business leaders, more or less aware of their problems and more rather than less interested in fixing them. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "CEOs on Capitalism and a Life of Meaning—Data Sheet," 12 June 2019 The percentage of poor bridges is expected to rise in the coming years if lawmakers don’t come up with more money to fix them. Kristi Tanner, Freep.com, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At a House Intelligence Committee meeting last week, federal officials expressed concern that there's no easy fix and worry that the older generation is most at-risk. CBS News, "New software designed to help media detect deepfakes – but it's just a "drop in the bucket"," 17 June 2019 And for an electrical engineer, who creates layered circuits with thousands of components, a broken light switch is an easy fix. Hillary Mullan, BostonGlobe.com, "My childhood seizures could have been terrifying, but my dad made it OK," 14 June 2019 Keeping a cheap reusable container in your car is an easy fix. Leah Asmelash And Michelle Lou, CNN, "Canada and Oregon have banned single-use plastics. Here's how you can too," 12 June 2019 The fix will be available starting in July, according to the NHTSA notice. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda CR-V Recalled for Randomly Deploying Airbags," 23 May 2019 In fact, again for the purposes of this essay, the word fix isn’t quite right. Erin Macleod, The New York Review of Books, "Dancehall: Raising the Voices of the Dead," 22 May 2019 There’s an easy fix for this: put down the brush, walk away from the mirror, and give your skin and makeup a few minutes to get to know each other. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Don't Let Facial Redness Caused by Rosacea Scare You Off Blush," 17 May 2019 For the most part, the fixes for the original Spectre and Meltdown exploits were a tempest in a teapot except under certain workloads. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel: You don't need to disable Hyper-Threading to protect against the ZombieLoad CPU exploit," 15 May 2019 Of course, this isn't a one-time fix and needs to be done regularly to see a change. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Possible to Get Rid of Cellulite? Here's What Dermatologists Say," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of fix

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fix

Verb

Middle English fixen, derivative of fix "firmly placed," borrowed from Latin fīxus "firmly established, unchangeable," for earlier fīctus, past participle of fīgere "to drive in, insert, fasten," going back to Indo-European *dheigw- "pierce," whence also Lithuanian díegu, díegti "to sprout, break through"

Noun

derivative of fix entry 1

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fix

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

fix

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fix (Entry 2 of 2)

: a difficult or embarrassing situation
: something that solves a problem
: the act of dishonestly controlling or affecting something (such as a game or election)

fix

verb
\ ˈfiks How to pronounce fix (audio) \
fixed; fixing

Kids Definition of fix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : repair entry 1 sense 1, mend Dad fixed the broken gate.
2 : to make firm or secure We fixed the tent pegs in the ground.
3 : to hold or direct steadily Fix your eyes on this.
4 : to set definitely : establish Let's fix the date of the meeting.
5 : to get ready : prepare fix dinner
6 : to cause to chemically change into an available and useful form These soil bacteria fix nitrogen.

Other Words from fix

fixer \ ˈfik-​sər \ noun

fix

noun

Kids Definition of fix (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an unpleasant or difficult position Losing his library book left him in a fix.
2 : something that solves a problem a quick fix
\ ˈfiks How to pronounce fix (audio) \

Medical Definition of fix

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : to hold or direct steadily fixes her eyes on the horizon
3a : restore, cure the doctor fixed him up

intransitive verb

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

fix

noun

Medical Definition of fix (Entry 2 of 2)

: a shot of a narcotic

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Legal Definition of fix

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

Other Words from fix

fix noun
fixer noun

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