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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The belief is that relieving the pressure on the nerves will fix the problems that lingered in his ankle throughout last season, leading to a loss of explosiveness. The Indianapolis Star, 26 July 2022 Responding to frustrated fliers, federal lawmakers began last month to put pressure on airlines to fix the problems. Hugo Martínstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District was created 50 years ago to help fix the water pollution problems of the area that were so dramatically symbolized by the burning of the Cuyahoga River three years before. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 22 July 2022 The city's Department of Public Works has spent 3 ½ years working on designs and $550,000 on a pilot program that seeks to fix the problems with the city’s current bins, which critics say are one culprit behind its notoriously dirty streets. Chronicle Digital Team, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 July 2022 Surfside Commissioner Marianne Meischeid is a resident of Four Winds condo, the other high-rise whose owners are working with the town to fix structural problems that were found during the recent inspections. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 24 June 2022 Dukaan’s 200-person team—around 60-65 of which are in engineering, tech, and product roles—has been slogging round the clock to fix the problems in real-time wherever possible. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 20 June 2022 It’s not a great idea to move in with someone to fix existing problems — unless the biggest problem has been the commute to each other’s homes. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 Exacerbating the problem is the fact that state law does not allow voters to fix problems with their ballots once submitted. James Brooks And Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet his point stands: Every potential climate fix carries risks. Wired, 29 July 2022 With a more permanent fix months away, the area is still bracing for the rest of what has been a very active monsoon season so far. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2022 All those generations of MU players help the program's fans get a summer hoops fix. Ben Steele, Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2022 Chirag Shah, an associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, said that AI bias is a common issue and that the fix OpenAI appeared to have come up with did not resolve the underlying issues of its program. Jake Traylor, NBC News, 27 July 2022 Evolve's remaining dedicated fanbase didn't appear to stage any noticeable backlash campaign, which meant that Legacy Evolve's month of downtime, and follow-up fix by 2K to the servers in question, came and went with little fanfare. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Another significant longer-term fix might include the government and industry creating more programs that build awareness around the benefits of pursuing a career as a pilot, especially for middle school and high school students. Geoff Murray, CNN, 19 July 2022 Yet, such a fix is widely regarded to be reserved for extraordinary circumstances. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Driscoll began pushing for a fix from Beacon Hill in 2019, but the legislation got shelved because of the pandemic. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for fix

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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