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
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

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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 The look somehow fixes any bad hair day and makes every outfit a little more pulled together. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can’t Stop Wearing Claw Clips," 12 Feb. 2020 This applies to cartels and to any attempt to fix prices, reduce industrial output, share markets or exclude competition. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation, "How the T-Mobile-Sprint merger will increase inequality," 11 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, the 34-11-12 Bruins, atop the league standings with 80 points, are more fixed on remaining healthy and fending off Tampa Bay’s charge over the final 25 games of the season. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Canadiens not in playoff picture as they arrive to face Bruins," 11 Feb. 2020 The sights are fixed on a solid top rail that runs the length of the gun. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020 After that, and after Quartz asked Facebook about it last week, the problem was fixed. Jeremy B. Merrill, Quartz, "Facebook didn’t mark ads as ads for blind people for almost 2 years," 11 Feb. 2020 But Drummond, alone, couldn’t fix the Cavs’ many problems against the Clippers. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers suffer worst home loss in franchise history in Andre Drummond’s debut, lose to Clippers 133-92," 10 Feb. 2020 But those habits won’t fix Americans’ relationship with work when their entire job comes home with them every night. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "How Your Laptop Ruined Your Life," 10 Feb. 2020 But neither can fix Puerto Rico’s most pressing problem: a political culture that preys on its own people and scoffs at transparency and accountability. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Trump’s Pitch to Puerto Rican Voters," 9 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fix for the recall is to use protective tape if the wire is undamaged, but if it is damaged, the dealer will replace it. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Honda Recalls Nearly 250,000 Odyssey Minivans for Fire Hazard," 12 Feb. 2020 The fix is in, how did this happen?’ People had it all over the place, but the reality is, we’re not judges. BostonGlobe.com, "Emma Guy leads Boston College women over Clemson," 9 Feb. 2020 Now this fix is the deal’s main weakness before a judge. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why Hope Is Fading for Sprint and T-Mobile," 1 Feb. 2020 Previously, the effort faced objections from building owners who said the fixes would be too expensive and would drive up rents. Washington Post, "Man, 19, gravely injured in Los Angeles high-rise fire dies," 1 Feb. 2020 Previously, the effort faced objections from building owners who said the fixes would be too expensive and would drive up rents. Christopher Weber, SFChronicle.com, "Los Angeles fire renews bid to widen reach of sprinkler requirements," 31 Jan. 2020 The City Council has repeatedly considered expanding the sprinkler requirement but has backed away because of objections from building owners who said the fixes would be too expensive and would drive up rents. Los Angeles Times, "Fire again hits Westside high-rise, prompting new call to close sprinkler loophole," 30 Jan. 2020 Because the lack of dermatologists in rural areas is a systemic problem, the fix isn’t simple. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Dermatology Deserts: What to Do If You Live in One," 8 Jan. 2020 New Scientist includes a statistic that 80 percent of machines updated in ‘99 used date windowing—but the fix is not permanent at all. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Oh Cool, the Y2K Bug Is Back," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of fix was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fix. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for fix

fix

verb
How to pronounce fix (audio)

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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