verb fixed fixed
, fix·es verb, transitive
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a. To correct or set right; adjust: fix a misspelling; fix the out-of-date accounts.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.
Phrasal Verb: 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. 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: Middle English fixen
Origin: , from fix, fixed in position
Origin: , from Latin fīxus
Origin: , past participle of fīgere, to fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots
Related Forms:Regional Note: Fixing to
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as one of the best known markers of Southern dialects, although it occasionally appears in the informal speech and writing of non-Southerners as well. Fixing to
means “to be on the verge of or in preparation for (doing a given thing),” but like the modal auxiliaries, it has only a single invariant form and is not fully inflected like other verbs. Its form is always the present participle followed by the infinitive marker to: They were fixing to leave without me.
Semantically, fixing to
can refer only to events that immediately follow the speaker's point of reference. One cannot say, “We're fixing to have a baby in a couple of years.” The use of fixing 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.