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a. To correct or set right; adjust: fix a misspelling; fix the out-of-date accounts.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.
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.
Phrasal Verbs: fix up
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.
To improve the appearance or condition of; refurbish.To provide; equip. Informal
To provide a companion on a date for: fixed me up with an escort at the last minute.
Origin of fix
Middle English fixen from fix fixed in position from
Latin fīxus past participle of fīgere to fasten
; see dhīgw-
in Indo-European roots.
Related Forms: Our Living Language Fixin' to
ranks with y'all
as one of the best known markers of dialects of the Southern United States, although it occasionally appears in the informal speech and writing of non-Southerners as well. Fixin' to
means “on the verge of or in preparation for (doing a given thing).” It often follows a form of the verb to be,
and it consists of the present participle of the verb fix
followed by the infinitive marker to
: They were fixin' to leave without me.
Although locutions like is fixin' to
can be used somewhat like the auxiliary verb will
in sentences that describe future events, fixin' to
can refer only to events that immediately follow the speaker's point of reference. One cannot say, We're fixin' to have a baby in a couple of years.
The use of fixin' to
as an immediate or proximate future is very common in African American Vernacular English, and is one of many features that this variety of English shares with Southern dialects. Although this expression sometimes appears in writing as fixing to,
in speech it is usually pronounced fixin' to.
- 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) To attach; to affix; to hold in place.
- 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.
To mend, to repair.
- (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.
(informal) To prepare (food).
- That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.
To make (a contest, vote, or gamble) unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion
- She fixed dinner for the kids.
(US, informal) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.
- A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.
(mathematics, sematics) To map a (point or subset) to itself.(informal) To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.
- Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.
To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.(chemistry, biology) To convert into a stable or available form.
- He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.
(intransitive) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.(intransitive) To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.
- Legumes are valued in crop rotation for their ability to fix nitrogen.
From Old French fixer, from fixe, from Latin fixus.
- (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.
The common element of prefix, suffix, and affix — all ultimately from Latin figere, to fasten.