fix

1 of 2

verb

fixed; fixing; fixes

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 adjective

fix

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noun

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
6
: something that fixes or restores : solution
an easy fix
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Hospitals that don’t fix such problems risk losing the ability to bill federal insurance. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2022 Against Army, where every possession matters, the Huskies will have to fix the problems (penalties, negative plays) that have led to drives stalling. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 18 Nov. 2022 That’s right: none of them is a way to fix problems in a relationship. Quinn Rhodes, refinery29.com, 16 Nov. 2022 Leonard and the Colts had hoped his June surgery would fix the problems that have plagued his lower left leg dating back to his rookie season. The Indianapolis Star, 15 Nov. 2022 Arizona voters will have until Nov. 16 to fix any problems with their ballot for it to be counted, an elections official confirms to TIME. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 11 Nov. 2022 But while desperate to fix macroeconomic problems, Ghana’s president did not mind complaining about traders slapping high margins on goods for fear of future higher costs. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2022 Credit Suisse sought to fix internal problems and began scaling back, leading to Thursday’s decision to separate CS First Boston. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Louis reluctantly agrees with Daniel that Claudia wasn't enough to fix the fundamental problems between him and Lestat. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 24 Oct. 2022
Noun
Missing your seasonal fix of Trans-Siberian Orchestra? al, 23 Nov. 2022 Attempts to crack down on rampant prescriptions sent street-drug prices soaring, driving many users to heroin in order to get their fix. Wesley Lowery, Men's Health, 18 Nov. 2022 Reign isn’t that concerned with sticking to history, so don’t take the plot as truth; but the four-season show is a great way to get your fix of drama and romance. Claudia Guthrie, ELLE, 18 Nov. 2022 Get your daily caffeine fix with the Ninja DualBrew Grounds & Pods Coffee Maker, which delivers Classic, Rich, or Over-Ice brews from your favorite brands. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 15 Nov. 2022 Come 2023, Utahns may need to visit Rasmussen’s YouTube cooking channel to get their Les Madeleines fix — for now. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 Many might prefer -- for good reason -- an evening at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin watching the Triple-A Aviators for their baseball fix. Arkansas Online, 14 Nov. 2022 No longer, says Roku, will sports fans have to click through multiple apps or channels to get their sporting fix. John Archer, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 It’s all part of a strategy to keep NBC News relevant in an age of declining linear TV viewership, with Roku boxes and Amazon Fire sticks becoming the way consumers get their TV fix, rather than the cable box or antenna. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near fix

Cite this Entry

“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fix. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

fix

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to make firm, stable, or fast
b
: to give a permanent or final form to
c
: to change into a stable or useful form
bacteria that fix nitrogen
2
: to hold or direct steadily
fixed his eyes on the stage
3
: to set or place definitely : establish
fix the date of a meeting
4
: to get ready : prepare
fix dinner
5
6
a
: to get even with
b
: to influence the outcome of (as a sports contest) dishonestly
7
: to get set : be on the verge
we're fixing to go
fixable adjective

fix

2 of 2 noun
1
: a position of difficulty or embarrassment : predicament
2
: the position (as of a ship) decided upon by calculations and compass, observations, or radio
also : a deciding upon of one's position
3
a
: an act of bribery or fraud
b
: a sports contest whose outcome has been arranged in advance
4
: a dose of something strongly desired or craved
a chocolate fix
especially : a shot of a narcotic

Medical Definition

fix

1 of 2 transitive verb
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

intransitive verb

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

fix

2 of 2 noun
: a shot of a narcotic

Legal Definition

fix

transitive verb
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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