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 In 2017, Balasubramaniam helped fix development challenges with the iPhone X’s facial recognition sensor at facilities in South Korea. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple’s leadership evolves ahead of a post-Tim Cook era," 12 Sep. 2020 Jasmine Roth and her team help overzealous homeowners fix their do-it-yourself disasters. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch this weekend: ‘Coastal Elites’ on HBO," 12 Sep. 2020 The overall talent level at Miami is good enough to be a factor in the ACC if those two additions fix the offense. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Predictions for the 2020 college football season," 10 Sep. 2020 The Downtown Development District board and New Orleans City Hall officials have reached agreement on a $5 million plan aimed at using taxpayer money collected for the district to fix the drainage system in the area. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Downtown Development board reach $5M drainage repair deal; see how it'll be used," 10 Sep. 2020 The junior senator from Nebraska has a different idea for how to fix the Senate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Ben Sasse’s Plan to Save the Senate Will Bury It Instead," 10 Sep. 2020 The lab is working on ways to determine how devices were compromised and how to fix vulnerabilities remotely. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio researchers find “smart device” hacks are way up during pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020 And the helicopter isn't exactly a handyman that can fix any issues that pop up with the rover. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet OPTIMISM, the Perseverance rover's twin on Earth," 9 Sep. 2020 Musk laid out all kinds of neurological issues that a Neuralink might someday fix—mental illness, vision and hearing impairment, memory loss, and addiction were all on the list. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Neuralink Is Impressive Tech, Wrapped in Musk Hype," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the bathroom has an ugly vinyl floor, however, a good fix is to install a form of waterproof floor known as solid core LVL (luxury vinyl tile). Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Bathroom Renovations You Can Tackle Without a Contractor," 13 Sep. 2020 After getting a karate fix, here are 10 other hit shows based on movies to check out. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "After ‘Cobra Kai’: 10 hit shows based on movies," 10 Sep. 2020 Swapping your usual face wash for something harsher seems like an obvious fix. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast: 16 Dos & Don’ts of Fighting Acne," 8 Sep. 2020 There is broad bipartisan agreement that this fix is needed. Mark Haveman, Star Tribune, "A tax reform in Minnesota that's badly needed, long overdue," 4 Sep. 2020 This time, Williams said the restoration is more than a cosmetic fix. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "After 15 years in the elements, Twisted House needs major restoring. Here's how to help.," 2 Sep. 2020 The board’s fix will last until the next student count day in February 2021, Spradlin said. Casey Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana alters student count to delay funding question; Gary, Lake Station districts thankful," 2 Sep. 2020 And in the void of government action, some communities have pursued this fix without waiting for official approval. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "A Pandemic Winter Could Blow Up the Housing Crisis," 31 Aug. 2020 Basecamp claimed then that Apple held up an important bug-fix update amidst a back-and-forth between the two companies over how Hey handled in-app purchases. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Today, Apple made changes to its app review process to save face with devs," 31 Aug. 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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Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fix. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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