To fix is defined as to repair, attach or secure.verb
- 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.
- 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: ME fixen < fix, fixed < L fixus, pp. of figere, to fasten, attach: see finish
- to become fixed, firm, or stable
- Informal, Dialectal 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
- ☆ Slang
- the act of fixing the outcome of a contest, situation, etc.
- a contest, situation, etc. that has been fixed
- Slang a clear understanding or evaluation: to get a fix on the problem
- Slang an injection of a narcotic, as heroin, by an addict
- fixable adjective
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verb fixed fixed, fix·ing, fix·es verb, transitive
- 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) 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.
- 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.c. Computer Science To convert (data) from floating-point notation to fixed-point notation.
- To make ready; prepare: fixed the room for the guests; fix lunch for the kids; fixed himself a milkshake.
- To spay or castrate (an animal).
- Informal To take revenge upon; get even with.
- To influence the outcome or actions of by improper or unlawful means: fix a prizefight; fix a jury.
- 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 U.S. 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. See Synonyms at predicament.
- Slang An amount or dose of something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic.
Origin: Middle English fixen, from fix, fixed in position, from Latin fīxus, past participle of fīgere, to fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
- fixˈa·ble adjective
fix - Business Definition
fix - Investment & Finance Definition
fix - Phrases/Idioms
fix onor fix upon
- to repair, mend, remedy, etc.
- to arrange properly; set in order
- to make arrangements for
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fix (someone's) wagon
fix - Science Definition
- To convert inorganic carbon or nitrogen into stable, organic compounds that can be assimilated into organisms. Photosynthetic organisms such as green plants fix carbon in carbohydrates as food; certain bacteria fix nitrogen as ammonia that can be absorbed directly or through nitrification by plant roots. See more at carbon fixation, nitrogen fixation.
- To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
- To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.
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