\ 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 fixedly (audio) , ˈfikst-​lē \ adverb
fixedness \ ˈfik-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce fixedness (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.

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And being able to afford a market-rate apartment after an eviction for someone on a fixed income? Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Seniors are being hit especially hard by California’s housing crisis," 30 Aug. 2019 Bonds are supposed provide a safe haven in stormy markets—and the wild, careening course of equities should, in theory, make fixed income a pillar of your portfolio. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Beware the Bond Market: Fixed Income is Now At Least as Risky as the Stock Market, by This Measure," 28 Aug. 2019 In the weeks prior to his death, Epstein was documented as having $56.5 million in cash; more than $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity; and a fixed income of $14.3 million, in addition to his properties. Fox News, "'Orgy Island' to airplanes, Epstein's assets are up for grabs," 14 Aug. 2019 Under the arrangement, Medicare would pay a fixed monthly fee to a physician or physician group instead of the traditional fee-for-service payments. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, "A Health Plan for President Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority has introduced new rules, taking effect next April, that will eliminate fixed fees for overdraft transactions. David Lazarus,, "Enough is enough. Let’s abolish overdraft fees," 21 June 2019 An example of how this could read would be: Client will pay Designer a fixed fee of $1,500. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "Why I’ll Never Start Another Freelance Project Without an Agreement," 7 May 2018 Helander and other supporters of Alaska’s program say the state government should help cover the basic needs of some of its poorest, oldest residents who are living on a fixed income in an expensive state. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘In a panic:’ Elimination of senior benefits leaves some of Alaska’s oldest residents with tough choices," 10 Aug. 2019 For instance, the decision to use RMD rules for withdrawals – rather than say the 4% rule where one withdraws a fixed percentage per year from retirement accounts – means your income could fluctuate year to year. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Looking to start retirement soon? Great, here are two ways to avoid going broke," 31 July 2019

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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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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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