: securely placed or fastened : stationary
: formed into a chemical compound
: not subject to change or fluctuation
a fixed income
: firmly set in the mind
a fixed idea
: having a final or crystallized form or character
: recurring on the same date from year to year
fixed holidays
: immobile, concentrated
a fixed stare
: supplied with something (such as money) needed
comfortably fixed
ˈfik-səd-lē How to pronounce fixed (audio)
ˈfik-səd-nəs How to pronounce fixed (audio)

Examples of fixed in a Sentence

a small mirror fixed to the wall That day remains fixed in my memory.
Recent Examples on the Web While there is yet no fixed date for next year’s implementation of the ETIAS program, the entry requirement will impact U.S. citizens—and passport holders from a total of 60 nations—wishing to travel to 30 European countries for stays of up to 90 days. Time, 1 Aug. 2023 American interests are perhaps less entrenched but remain too fixed to give up without a struggle. Michael Beckley, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 The Daily News uses incident reports from the Anchorage Police Department to track deaths of people found outdoors with no fixed address at the time of their death. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2023 Shared in a press release on Thursday, renderings show luxurious amenities including privacy doors, a fixed bed, and 18-inch screens ahead of its 2025 launch. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2023 Laura remains the narrator, but her story grows more polyphonic, less fixed and binary in its assumptions about care work and family-making. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2023 The shed measures 4 x 6 feet and features a front door, one fixed window, and a vent at the top for air flow. Katie Dubow, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 July 2023 The idea that there’s a fixed way to interpret anything. Madison Feller, ELLE, 30 June 2023 Black, who is also director of the California Killer Whale Project, said there’s no fixed killer whale season. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from past participle of fixen "to fix entry 1" (or directly from Latin fīxus + -ed -ed entry 2)

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fixed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixed. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: firmly placed or fastened
a fixed gaze
: not changing : settled
a fixed income
: supplied with a definite amount of something needed
well fixed for food

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