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fix

verb \ ˈfiks \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of fix

transitive verb
1 a : 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.
2 a : to hold or direct steadily
  • fixes his eyes on the horizon
b : to capture the attention of
  • fixed her with a stare
3 a : 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
6 a : repair, mend
  • fix the clock
b : restore, cure
  • the doctor fixed him up
c : spay, castrate
  • had his dog fixed
7 a : 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.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of 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"

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

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fix

noun

Definition of fix

1 : a position of difficulty or embarrassment : predicament
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 : 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

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.

Recent Examples of fix from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fix

derivative of 1fix


FIX Defined for English Language Learners

fix

verb

Definition of fix for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of fix for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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fix

verb \ ˈfiks \

Definition of fix for Students

fixed; fixing
1 : 1repair 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.

fixer

\ˈfik-sər\ noun

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fix

noun

Definition of fix for Students

1 : an unpleasant or difficult position
  • Losing his library book left him in a fix.
2 : something that solves a problem
  • a quick fix

Medical Dictionary

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fix

transitive verb \ ˈfiks \

medical Definition of fix

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
2 : to hold or direct steadily
  • fixes her eyes on the horizon
3 a : restore, cure
  • the doctor fixed him up
b : spay, castrate 1
intransitive verb
: to direct the gaze or attention : focus, fixate often used with on or upon

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fix

noun

medical Definition of fix

: a shot of a narcotic

Law Dictionary

fix

transitive verb

legal Definition of fix

1 a : 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.

fix

noun

fixer

noun


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