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

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 Tesla Service will inspect any vehicles affected by these recalls and fix them free of charge, the NHTSA said. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 30 Dec. 2021 The current supply chain landscape is not going to fix itself on January 1. Kevin Beasley, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The problem is likely solvable, if the world unites together to try to fix it. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 28 Dec. 2021 But a quick trip with his mom and some time on the ranch seemed to fix him right up. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 27 Dec. 2021 Missions like those launched in the 1990s to repair Hubble won't be possible for at least several years – assuming officials agree to fix it in the first place. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2021 More crucially, failing to fix them will be a gift to those who have no allegiance to the fundamental principles on which our civic life depends. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 Ransomware, where hackers remotely lock computers and demand a payment to fix them or to not reveal their contents to the public, has become a booming criminal industry. NBC News, 15 Dec. 2021 The lack of diversity, which has persisted despite decades of attempts to change it, raises what many call the billion-dollar question: Will orthopedic surgery, a field known for fixing broken people, ever be able to fix itself? Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a statement on Wednesday, Microsoft emphasized that users can protect themselves with the fix the company released in 2013. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 5 Jan. 2022 Engineers are currently analyzing data and trying to come up with a fix. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2021 These stats are taken from the comedy panel show The Fix, in which two teams of comedians must come up with a fix for global issues. Jelena Radonjic, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The next and final budget hearing is coming up Monday, not leaving him much time to come up with a fix. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Councilman Mike Ungar commended Weiss and Shaker Heights for proceeding with a temporary fix on the earthen and stone dam, with design costs of about $46,000, which the NEORSD planned to pay for when its board met later this week. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 With this better fix on Bennu, which the team reports today in Icarus, researchers were able to eliminate almost all the keyholes as likely places Bennu would pass through in 2135; two still remain as possibilities. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 11 Aug. 2021 Lockheed Martin is trying to come up with a fix for the problem, which affects all of the Freedom-class ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Aug. 2021 Engineers currently are running tests to pinpoint the problem area and come up with a fix. William Harwood, CBS News, 23 June 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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“Fix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fix. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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 : solution
: 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

fix

transitive verb
\ 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

fix

transitive verb

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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