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

These specialized suspension straps, which are typically fixed to a wall or anchored overhead, allow exercisers of all levels to do tons of moves using just their weight. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Core and Upper Body With This 5-Move TRX Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 4 Apr. 2019 Swan predicted that Intel’s manufacturing problems, which caused a shortage of its CPUs, would be fixed by the end of the second quarter. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 Even if the bug truly is fixed, its existence points to a massive problem. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Hacker Exposed the Ancient Flaw That Makes Airlines So Hackable," 17 Jan. 2019 In one image, Estelle's eye seems to be fixed on a small crown, which might fit perfectly on the young princess; however the Swedish royals rarely wear the crowns. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Victoria Takes Her Daughter, Princess Estelle, on a Tour Through the Royal Treasury," 11 Jan. 2019 While the data-loss bug that saw its release entirely halted has been fixed, other blocking issues have restricted its rollout. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now fully available—for “advanced” users," 18 Dec. 2018 Veneers can fix a number of dental issues including chipping, staining, old restorations and fillings, an uneven or narrow smile, spacing problems, crowding, a poor bite and even internal staining from antibiotics or fluorosis. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 For people were, by nature, meant to be free and equal, and nature would, in due course, fix what human hands had wrecked. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 Perhaps in the time between that review and our review, a software update fixed the previous problem, or perhaps the problem was specific to my review unit or CNET's review unit, rather than general. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fastest, most permanent fix, according to Carrillo? Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Mice: The Ultimate Guide to a Rodent-Free Home," 28 Mar. 2019 Thanks to encryption and prompt fixes, however, there hasn't been an avalanche of passwords released onto the internet. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Be Using a Password Manager," 17 Jan. 2019 There’s one fix that dates back all the way to the original 2016 Pixel: Google says all generations will now experience improved unlocking performance over Bluetooth devices. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google releases fix for Pixel 3’s poor RAM management and other bugs," 3 Dec. 2018 While some of these have seemingly simple fixes, one of the toughest things about insomnia for me (and for many people) is figuring out how to shut your brain off. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "I'm a Scientist With Insomnia So I Researched How to Actually Get Better Sleep," 28 Nov. 2018 Hextall’s arrival signaled a new era in Flyers history, one where short-term fixes, big-budget spending and mortgaging the farm system were no longer in vogue. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Flyers eye new approach in GM, unlike ‘unyielding’ Hextall," 27 Nov. 2018 After your sports fix, duck inside the museum to check out Made in L.A. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where to Watch the World Cup in L.A. (Even the Really Early Games)," 11 June 2018 Until then though, there's always The World's Best to get your talent show fix. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Shin Lim Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' and People Are Freaking Out," 19 Feb. 2019 People — myself included — should have paid attention and spoken out as our repressive immigration policies worsened over the last decade, because now there’s no easy fix under a racist Trump and his lapdog GOP Congress. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "1,475 lost kids, the yellow bracelet, and the human stain on American morality | Will Bunch," 27 May 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 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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