\ ˈfiks \
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.



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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fixable \ˈfik-sə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for fix

Synonyms: Verb

affix, attach, bend, fasten

Synonyms: Noun

bind, catch-22, corner, dilemma, hole, impasse, jam, mire, pickle, predicament, quagmire, spot

Antonyms: Verb

detach, undo, unfasten, unhook

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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


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.


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 money will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027, the state agency reported. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 Some scientists have examined demographic data and concluded that there is a fixed, natural ‘shelf-life’ for our species and that mortality rates keep increasing. Elie Dolgin, Scientific American, "There's No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Life Span Debate," 1 July 2018 Pacylowski’s husband John Pacylowski died in September 2016 while trying to fix damage their building sustained in the July 2016 flood. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "A month after flooding, Ellicott City shops reach a watershed moment in deciding whether to return," 29 June 2018 The championship tournament has yet to fix itself in the public imagination, let alone generate drama. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan," 15 June 2018 But fixing a smile bisected by nerve damage and subsequent muscle loss is far more complicated. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How far would you go to be able to smile?," 13 June 2018 Read this: Can entrepreneurial skills help fix social issues? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 The spokeswoman said park operators are working to fix the issue as quickly as possible. David Harris,, "Disney: Hollywood Studios rides shut down because of problem with cooling system," 12 July 2018 With the wings clipped on, and the engines fixed on top, the design has wingspan of about 49 meters, is 34 meters long and 8 meters high. Marie Mawad And Ania Nussbaum,, "Flying trains could be coming your way," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Nats’ season and Harper’s financial future may be riding on whether the fix is sustainable. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Illustration: Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal Sources: Federal Trade Commission, Atis A real fix is coming? Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Why Are There So Many Robocalls? Here’s What You Can Do About Them," 4 July 2018 Manager Ned Yost said the fix should be easy, and Junis agreed. Maria Torres, kansascity, "A career night from Francisco Lindor dooms Royals, Junis in loss to Indians," 2 July 2018 The fix here is simple: Avoid parking or driving through areas with grass that would touch your muffler. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "8 Tips for (Responsibly) Camping in Fire Season," 22 June 2018 The immediate fix was to blacklist systems with the problematic software, meaning that within 24 hours of the problem being detected, at risk machines were no longer being updated. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 April 2018 Update now open to all, thanks to machine learning," 14 June 2018 And after word leaked out that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton had met on an airport tarmac in late June, Republicans claimed the fix was in. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The long-awaited inspector general report on the FBI, Comey, Clinton, and 2016, explained," 14 June 2018 On the day of the inspection, the property owner or on-site manager meets with city staff, violations are documented, and follow-up instructions are conducted with progress tracked until fixes are complete. Karen Pearlman,, "El Cajon apartment inspection program keeping city safer," 14 June 2018 The easiest fix to that is the influx of modern-day pop stars who ground Head Over Heels in the moment. James Grebey, GQ, "Chromeo Are Here Because You Need Funk in Your Life," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of fix


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


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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"


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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



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)


\ ˈfiks \
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



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 \

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

b : spay, castrate sense 1

intransitive verb

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



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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