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 fix (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 But even if Peloton manages to fix its actual treadmill problem, its image as a high-flying fitness company that dug in its heels on a safety recall following the death of a child might be harder to repair. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Peloton Recalls Treadmills After Dozens of Injuries and 1 Child Death," 5 May 2021 Democrats have argued that Republicans were trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. Lawrence Mower, Anchorage Daily News, "Election reforms targeting voting by mail, drop boxes pass Florida Legislature," 30 Apr. 2021 Amid his early hitting struggles, Chapman talked of identifying and trying to fix bad habits stemming from his 2020 hip injury. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's Matt Chapman focuses on timing, with results," 29 Apr. 2021 Engineers at General Motors have figured out how to fix a battery problem with the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback that caused five of them to catch fire. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "GM: Software, new battery parts will solve Bolt fire issues," 29 Apr. 2021 Engineers at General Motors have figured out how to fix a battery problem with the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback that caused five of them to catch fire. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "GM: Software — available now to some Bolts — and new battery parts will solve fire issues," 29 Apr. 2021 Swept up in the flood of jobless claims that inundated the state a year ago, Gaddini and her husband – who also lost his job – spent five months trying to fix their unemployment claims and secure their benefits. oregonlive, "A year into the recession, collecting Oregon jobless benefits remains a struggle," 28 Apr. 2021 Biden’s choice to focus on the impact of menthol on health and mortality disparities is an important one, but a ban might not be the best way to fix such a multilayered problem. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "The Biden Administration Wants To Ban Menthol Cigarettes, But It’s Getting Surprising Pushback," 28 Apr. 2021 The cost to fix the problem could be small - as little as on a dollar or so per seat, according to a deposition with an auto company engineer reviewed by CBS News. Megan Towey, CBS News, "Senators propose legislation to boost safety of vehicle seats after CBS News investigation," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Samsung is better than most Android manufacturers at pushing out updates, but there’s still some time between a component fix and one of its own updates. Zak Doffman, Forbes, "Critical Update Warning Suddenly Hits Millions Of Samsung Galaxy Users," 6 May 2021 At least in the short term, quarantine ships represent an alluring fix to a politically thorny problem: Because of its remoteness, the sea is an attractive place for governments to detain migrants. Ian Urbina, The Atlantic, "Purgatory at Sea," 6 May 2021 Maker, the fitness blogger, suggests that Peloton could explore a software fix to correct the issue, in addition to considering a physical redesign to the machine or adding a safety guard. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Peloton Recalls Treadmills After Dozens of Injuries and 1 Child Death," 5 May 2021 But any potential fix to the supply pinch depends on transport tracking and each semiconductors sensor contains three or four chips that enable functions such as GPS tracking, cellular communication and data processing. Jeanne Whalen Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Global chip shortage may affect people who just want to wash their dogs," 3 May 2021 The general consensus leaving No Limits was the second lane in both the turn sections of the oval were still going to be an issue, unless IndyCar and TMS pulled off a near-miracle fix of sorts. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "'It's worse': IndyCar drivers blame Texas' single-lane racing for 2 crashes Saturday," 2 May 2021 Chemical fertilizers provide a quick food fix with no benefit to the soil and can burn and damage the plant. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Just how fertile is your rose-growing knowledge?," 1 May 2021 The second fix concerns adjusting the Personalized Recommendations setting found in Settings, Privacy, and Apple Advertising. Chris Smith, BGR, "3 things you haven’t tried to fix Apple’s new anti-tracking feature on your iPhone," 29 Apr. 2021 Microsoft says that the fix should work with essentially every PC with multiple monitors, regardless of specifications, manufacturer, or connector type. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft is finally fixing Windows' most annoying multi-monitor bug," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fix. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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