\ ˈfikst How to pronounce fixed (audio) \

Definition of fixed

1a : securely placed or fastened : stationary
b(1) : nonvolatile
(2) : formed into a chemical compound
c(1) : not subject to change or fluctuation a fixed income
(2) : firmly set in the mind a fixed idea
(3) : having a final or crystallized form or character
(4) : recurring on the same date from year to year fixed holidays
d : immobile, concentrated a fixed stare
2 : supplied with something (such as money) needed comfortably fixed

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Other Words from fixed

fixedly \ ˈfik-​səd-​lē How to pronounce fixed (audio) , ˈfikst-​lē \ adverb
fixedness \ ˈfik-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce fixed (audio) , ˈfiks(t)-​nəs \ noun

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 This compares with fixed offshore wind projects which average 29% to 52%, while solar photovoltaic is less than half of that, according to the International Energy Agency. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes of Expanding Renewable Energy," 6 Feb. 2021 Jeff Suchon of Highland Park, New Jersey, lives on a low fixed income and isn't working due to health concerns. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "He spent his stimulus money on 30,000 masks for the homeless and others in need," 14 Jan. 2021 The county’s transportation department had planned to launch TheLink before the pandemic to fill a void in low-density communities with limited fixed routes, officials said. Washington Post, "Ten months into the pandemic, transit systems in the Washington suburbs have a long way to normal," 5 Jan. 2021 The miner also adds a special transaction granting itself a fixed reward—currently 12.5 bitcoins—for creating the block. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer," 26 Dec. 2020 Capital expenditure records the money spent on fixed assets—which in the case of a government would be roads or power plants—and is a critical measure to spur growth in the future. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "When will India’s economy show the green shoots of recovery?," 30 Nov. 2020 Black Friday is now more of a euphemism for weeks of pre-Thanksgiving sales than a reference to a fixed moment in time. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Christmas Must Go On," 23 Nov. 2020 For borrowers, especially businesses trying to get off the ground, low rates keep a fixed cost in line. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, "No matter who wins, Minnesota business fortunes are shaped by other forces beyond the president," 3 Nov. 2020 Tim’s total fixed income usually amounted to eight hundred dollars a month. Oliver Whang, The New Yorker, "Waiting for the Help That Was Promised in Eastern Kentucky," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fixed

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

History and Etymology for fixed

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

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19 Feb 2021

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“Fixed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fixed

used to describe something that does not change
: placed or attached in a way that does not move easily
informal : having something needed


\ ˈfikst How to pronounce fixed (audio) \

Kids Definition of fixed

1 : not changing : set … Phoebe wore a fixed expression …— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
2 : firmly placed A mirror is fixed to the wall. That day is fixed in my memory.

Other Words from fixed

fixedly \ ˈfik-​səd-​lē \ adverb She was staring fixedly at me.

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