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fix

verb

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1 to arrange something in a certain spot or position
  • fixed my hair so that it would stop falling in my eyes

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2 to cause (something) to hold to another
  • first, you need to fix those pieces of wood together

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3 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of
  • make sure to fix the number of guests with the bride's family before drawing up a list of people from the groom's side

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4 to decide upon (the time or date for an event) usually from a position of authority
  • have we fixed a day for the party yet?

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5 to make ready in advance
  • would you mind fixing dinner tonight?

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7 to put securely in place or in a desired position
  • fixed the mittens to the child's snowsuit

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8 to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter
  • the image of what Santa Claus looks like is solidly fixed in our minds

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9 to remove the sex organs of
  • the animal shelter requires a pledge from the adoptive owner that they will have their new pet fixed

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10 to restore to a healthy condition
  • it took surgery and months of physical therapy to completely fix her bum knee

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fix

noun

Synonyms of fix (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape
  • what a fix we're in!

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2 something given or promised in order to improperly influence a person's conduct or decision
  • caught the judge on video accepting the fix from the mob boss

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3 an opinion on the nature, character, or quality of something
  • what's your fix on the military situation over there?

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Frequently Asked Questions About fix

How is the word fix distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of fix are affix, attach, and fasten. While all these words mean "to make something stay firmly in place," fix usually implies a driving in, implanting, or embedding.

fixed the stake in the ground

When is affix a more appropriate choice than fix?

Although the words affix and fix have much in common, affix implies an imposing of one thing on another by gluing, impressing, or nailing.

affix your address label here

When might attach be a better fit than fix?

The words attach and fix can be used in similar contexts, but attach suggests a connecting or uniting by a bond, link, or tie in order to keep things together.

attach the W-2 form here

When can fasten be used instead of fix?

While in some cases nearly identical to fix, fasten implies an action such as tying, buttoning, nailing, locking, or otherwise securing.

fasten the reins to a post

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The first known use of fix was in the 14th century

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“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fix. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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