fix

verb
\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.

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for fix

Synonyms: Verb

affix, attach, bend, fasten

Synonyms: Noun

bind, catch-22, corner, dilemma, hole, impasse, jam, mire, pickle, predicament, quagmire, spot

Antonyms: Verb

detach, undo, unfasten, unhook

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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

Friant officials still are wrestling with how to fix the canal. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 State election and homeland security officials will meet in Philadelphia this week to keep cooperating on how to fix the cyber security of state elections systems, Krebs said. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Russia so far not mounting 'robust' hacking effort against U.S. election, official says," 11 July 2018 They are fully loaded with water and people gripping sticks, their eyes firmly fixed on the future. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Algeria abandons thousands of migrants in Sahara," 25 June 2018 Oh, and also, former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson apparently knows how to fix the team anyway. azcentral, "Former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson claims to 'have the formula for the Suns' success'," 21 June 2018 People across the world currently has their eyes fixed to television screens to catch the 2018 FIFA World Cup which kicked off on Thursday in Russia. PEOPLE.com, "5 Things to Know About the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia," 14 June 2018 By Sharon Okada The canal has been fixed once before to deal with subsidence, in 1979. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 According to the brand's website, Lash Liner fixes that problem with a hybrid fluid-gel formula that's designed to stay pigmented from morning until night. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kat Von D Is Adding Three New Formulas to Her Trooper Tattoo Liner Range," 10 July 2018 Easy fix Get a sprinkler rain gauge or turn off the system during the summer months. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Why do Central Floridians water their lawns during rain storms? Let nature keep the grass green," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Read more: The new Main & Clay luxury apartments offer spectacular views See also: Looking for a cheesesteak fix? Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Galan’s Meat Market and Deli brings lost art of butchering to Portland," 28 June 2018 Trump’s executive order called for a similar fix — stopping family separations by keeping children and parents together in detention centers. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Is one lawsuit a path to justice and reunification for separated migrant families?," 23 June 2018 For Capitol Hill Despite the executive order, the Trump administration continued to push Congress for a long-term fix to the border issues. USA TODAY, "What's changed after Trump's immigration order: For families, for the military and for Congress," 21 June 2018 White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had made calls to congressional leaders, advocating for a fix. Catherine Lucey And Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Ivanka Trump stayed silent for days as border crisis mounted," 20 June 2018 The growing crisis has upset lawmakers in both parties and prompted GOP leaders to scramble for a legislative fix - even as Democrats and some Republicans push Trump to reverse the controversial practice on his own. Seung Min Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "7 questions about the family-separation policy, answered," 20 June 2018 This year, festival producer Listen Live Entertainment is filling that need for a local fix with former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, who hails from nearby Ferguson. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "LouFest 2018 Lineup Topped By Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Kacey Musgraves," 19 June 2018 Ryan told reporters Thursday, calling for a legislative fix. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "The trouble with using the Bible to support hard-line immigration policies," 15 June 2018 No disease was more ripe for a Freudian fix than ulcerative colitis. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018

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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 \
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 \

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

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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