\ˈfiks \
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.



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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fixable \ˈfik-​sə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for fix

Synonyms: Verb

affix, attach, bend, fasten

Synonyms: Noun

bind, box, catch-22, corner, dilemma, hole, impasse, jackpot [chiefly West], jam, mire, pickle, predicament, quagmire, rabbit hole, rattrap, spot, sticky wicket, swamp

Antonyms: Verb

detach, undo, unfasten, unhook

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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


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.


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

Facebook tried, a little, to fix some problems earlier this year. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook won’t fix itself," 15 Nov. 2018 This posterior activation comes from bending the knees slightly and then fixing your body in place as your hips slowly hinge forward to drive the movement, DiSalvo explains. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Doing Romanian Deadlifts Like Romee Strijd Is a Great Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Hamstrings," 23 Oct. 2018 Engineers later fixed the software bug, and the team has restricted use of A-side memory to the amount that's still available, Lee said. Mike Wall,, "Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch," 22 Sep. 2018 Mattis, who last year opposed moves in Congress to create a separate space service, said his emphasis then was on establishing a consensus about what the Pentagon's space problem is before recommending a way to fix it. Robert Burns, Fox News, "Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force," 12 Aug. 2018 Inspectors ordered the violations be fixed by April 8, but the city failed to schedule a follow-up inspection until last week — after the Journal Sentinel asked whether repairs had been made. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 Football's struggles are why Long has a job, because former AD Sheahon Zenger's greatest charge was always to fix football, and instead the program further deteriorated. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Woods didn't play in that Ryder Cup but joined a task force that was created in the wake of Mickelson's criticisms and was aimed at fixing the American team's problems. Matt Bonesteel,, "Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson for $10 million. What's not to love?," 6 July 2018 The damage that’s been done to children and families is not something that can be fixed. Callie Beusman, The Cut, "The Lasting Trauma of Family Detention," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The update also contains numerous other optimizations and fixes. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google releases fix for Pixel 3’s poor RAM management and other bugs," 3 Dec. 2018 But instead of dropping major cash on a glitzy dress, try adding a few inexpensive, party-appropriate accessories to your current wardrobe for an easy (and practical!) fix. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "21 Sparkling Ways to Dress Up Your Holiday Style—For $125 or Less," 28 Nov. 2018 Olly cofounder Ryan’s fix was to tout supplements’ benefits rather than listing endless ingredients — instead of melatonin, Olly sells Restful Sleep. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 The Target trips typically start with a pitstop to Starbucks, where Megan grabs her caffeine fix and 2-year-old Rae is treated to a cake pop. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Felt Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Nearly Identical To the Real Thing," 26 Sep. 2018 Once Facebook went down, internet users went directly to news websites or searched for news of any kind, including entertainment and sports through Google or other search engines to replace their Facebook browsing fix. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 Whiff Rate 2018 236 33% 2017 259 27% 2016 245 23% So on Saturday Harper worked with Long and assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon on mechanical fixes to his swing. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Rather than invest in short-term fixes, the family took up residence in the fixer-upper for one year, getting very familiar with its peculiarities. Dawn Margolis Denberg,, "1895 home is all Victorian eye candy outside and modern efficiency inside," 29 June 2018 The current version, which has already had a few bug fixes, has run steadily for me through a dozen or more plays without glitches or any glaring mistakes in game play. Keith Law, Ars Technica, "Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital," 10 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fix


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


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fix


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"


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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



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)


\ˈfiks \
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



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 \

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

b : spay, castrate sense 1

intransitive verb

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



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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