A man fixes the railing of his porch.
- An example of to fix is to repair a broken porch.
- An example of to fix is taping a torn page in a book back together.
- An example of to fix is using Velcro to attach one thing to another.
transitive verbfixed, fix′ing
- to make firm, stable, or secure
- to fasten or attach firmly
- to set firmly in the mind
- to direct steadily: to fix the eyes on a target
- to direct one's eyes steadily at: to fix the target
- to make rigid or stiff: to fix one's jaw
- to make permanent or lasting: color is fixed in dyeing
- to arrange or establish definitely; set: to fix the date of a wedding
- to determine with certainty: to fix the period of the dinosaurs' existence
- to assign or ascribe: the jury must fix guilt
- to arrange properly or in a certain way; set in order; adjust
- to restore to proper condition; repair, mend, remedy, heal, etc.
- to bank, refuel, and tend (a fire)
- to prepare and cook (food or meals)
- to preserve (a specimen) so that its tissue, etc. can be used for microscopic study
- Informal to influence the result or action of (a horse race, jury, election, etc.) to one's advantage by bribery, trickery, etc.
- Informal to revenge oneself on; get even with; punish or chastise
- Informal to spay or castrate
- to make solid, permanent, or nonvolatile
- to cause (atmospheric nitrogen) to combine with other elements or compounds to form nitrates, ammonia, etc.
- Photog. to make (a film, print, etc.) permanent and prevent from fading by washing in a chemical solution
Origin of fixMiddle English fixen from fix, fixed from Classical Latin fixus, past participle of figere, to fasten, attach: see finish
- to become fixed, firm, or stable
- Informal, Dial. to prepare or intend: I'm fixing to go hunting
- the position of a ship or aircraft determined from the bearings of two or more known points, from astronomical observations, or from radio signals, etc.
- Informal a difficult or awkward situation; predicament
- Informal an adjustment, repair, improvement, etc.: a short-term fix
- Informal a clear understanding or evaluation: to get a fix on the problem
- the act of fixing the outcome of a contest, situation, etc.
- a contest, situation, etc. that has been fixed
- Slang an injection of a narcotic, as heroin, by an addict: often used fig. for anything that temporarily satisfies a craving
- to choose; settle on
- to focus on
fix someone upInformal
- to repair, mend, remedy, etc.
- to arrange properly; set in order
- to make arrangements for
verbfixed, fix·ing, fix·es
- a. To correct or set right; adjust: fix a misspelling; fix the out-of-date accounts.b. To restore to proper condition or working order; repair: fix a broken machine.
- a. To make ready for a specific purpose, as by altering or combining elements; prepare: fixed the room for the guests; fix lunch for the kids.b. To spay or castrate (an animal).c. To influence the outcome or actions of (something) by improper or unlawful means: fix a prizefight; fix a jury.d. Informal To take revenge upon (someone); get even with.
- a. To place securely; make stable or firm: fixed the tent poles in the ground. See Synonyms at fasten.b. To secure to another; attach: fixing the notice to the board with tacks.
- a. To put into a stable or unalterable form: tried to fix the conversation in her memory.b. To make (a chemical substance) nonvolatile or solid.c. Biology To convert (nitrogen or carbon) into stable, biologically assimilable compounds.d. To kill and preserve (a specimen) intact for microscopic study.e. To prevent discoloration of (a photographic image) by washing or coating with a chemical preservative.
- To direct steadily: fixed her eyes on the road ahead.
- To capture or hold: The man with the long beard fixed our attention.
- a. To set or place definitely; establish: fixed her residence in a coastal village.b. To determine with accuracy; ascertain: fixed the date of the ancient artifacts.c. To agree on; arrange: fix a time to meet.
- To assign; attribute: fixing the blame.
- Computers To convert (data) from floating-point notation to fixed-point notation.
- To direct one's efforts or attention; concentrate: We fixed on the immediate goal.
- To become stable or firm; harden: Fresh plaster will fix in a few hours.
- Chiefly Southern US To be on the verge of; to be making preparations for. Used in progressive tenses with the infinitive: We were fixing to leave without you.
- a. The act of adjusting, correcting, or repairing.b. Informal Something that repairs or restores; a solution: no easy fix for an intractable problem.
- The position, as of a ship or aircraft, determined by visual observations with the aid of equipment.
- A clear determination or understanding: a briefing that gave us a fix on the current situation.
- An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.
- A difficult or embarrassing situation; a predicament: “If we get left on this wreck we are in a fix” ( Mark Twain ) See Synonyms at predicament.
- Slang An amount or dose of something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic.
Origin of fixMiddle English fixen from fix fixed in position from Latin fīxus past participle of fīgere to fasten ; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
- A repair or corrective action.
- That plumber's fix is much better than the first one's.
- A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.
- It rained before we repaired the roof, and were we in a fix!
- (informal) A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.
- A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
- A determination of location.
- We have a fix on your position.
- (US) fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)
(third-person singular simple present fixes, present participle fixing, simple past and past participle fixt or fixed)
- A dab of chewing gum will fix your note to the bulletin board.
- A leech can fix itself to your skin without you feeling it.
- (figuratively, usually in the passive) To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate.
- She's fixed on the idea of becoming a doctor.
- That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.
- She fixed dinner for the kids.
- A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.
- Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.
- He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.
- Legumes are valued in crop rotation for their ability to fix nitrogen.
- (grammar) Forming nouns denoting a morpheme used in word formation joined to a word in the specified way (e.g.: infix = "attached within", circumfix = "attached around").
- (chiefly grammar) Forming verbs denoting fastening or attaching (something) in the specified way (e.g.: suffix = "append", prefix = "preface").
- Used to form new words only in language-related fields.