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 The Knicks need to fix their offense to become a true contender. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, "NBA roundtable: Are the Knicks and their 'Big 15' preparing to join the Eastern Conference elite?," 7 Apr. 2021 Some of it was random, some of it the Jazz will need to fix. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz stress the importance of not overreacting to one loss after a game when not much goes right," 6 Apr. 2021 That may not hold true with the next piece of legislation, which aims to fix long-standing problems, not deal with the impact of a pandemic emergency. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Biden hopes to build on a wave of national optimism," 2 Apr. 2021 Jenkins is a mauler in the running game, something the Steelers need to fix after abandoning it completely last season. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "2021 NFL mock draft (Version 3.0): First-round projections after 49ers, Dolphins shake up the top 10," 31 Mar. 2021 Besides, doing maintenance now will give you time to get parts and fix any significant problems before the weather warms. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "Maintenance That Will Prep Your Bike for Spring," 29 Mar. 2021 Trying to fix everyone else's problems can be perceived as controlling, so step back, but hold your arms open to comfort those who need it. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for March 27, 2021," 27 Mar. 2021 First American Home Warranty has been serving Missouri residents since 1984, and its nationwide network of contractors is ready to fix your problems. Better Homes & Gardens, "The 5 Best Home Warranties in Missouri (2021)," 12 Mar. 2021 One underappreciated reason why Congress is constantly passing new crisis legislation is to fix problems created by previous crisis legislation. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘He’s From the Government and He’s Here to Help’," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thai Sriracha is a top choice, but the bites also come in Mexican Enchilada and Sun Dried Tomato Basil for a Mediterranean fix. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, "8 Top Snacks From Around The World You Can Try Without Leaving Home," 12 Apr. 2021 This represents a relatively easy fix to a deeply insidious problem. Rebecca Dixon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Black women delivered for Biden. Now it's time for Congress to deliver on a $15 minimum wage," 6 Apr. 2021 However, a legislative fix is in the works through state Sens. cleveland, "Lt. Gov. Jon Husted’s coronavirus tweet left Asian Americans feeling disappointed in Ohio leadership," 3 Apr. 2021 This year’s legislation aims to make a permanent fix and is well on its way to passage. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lawmakers ending college savings loophole that sent nearly $100K in state money to one family," 31 Mar. 2021 The plan seeks to repair 10,000 smaller bridges across the country, along with the 10 most economically significant ones in need of a fix. New York Times, "Biden Details $2 Trillion Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure and Reshape the Economy," 31 Mar. 2021 Engineering estimates for a permanent fix to the sewage problems are coming in around $20 million. al, "Alabama environmental groups see opportunity in $4 billion state will get in stimulus," 28 Mar. 2021 As local outlets struggle to inform the community while maintaining their readership, the extractive industry promises readers a seductive short-term fix to a generations-spanning crisis. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Fracking Shill Local Newspapers Love to Publish," 25 Mar. 2021 The administration pressed Microsoft to come up with a more simplified and streamlined fix and to track the number of compromised systems. Eric Tucker, Star Tribune, "Tool created to aid cleanup from Microsoft hack in broad use," 22 Mar. 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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14 Apr 2021

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“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fix. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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