Fix meaning

fĭks
To fix is defined as to repair, attach or secure.

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.

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To direct steadily.

Fixed her eyes on the road ahead.

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(computers) To convert (data) from floating-point notation to fixed-point notation.
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To capture or hold.

The man with the long beard fixed our attention.

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To assign; attribute.

Fixing the blame.

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To direct one's efforts or attention; concentrate.

We fixed on the immediate goal.

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To become stable or firm; harden.

Fresh plaster will fix in a few hours.

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(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.

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The position, as of a ship or aircraft, determined by visual observations with the aid of equipment.
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A clear determination or understanding.

A briefing that gave us a fix on the current situation.

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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.
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A difficult or embarrassing situation; a predicament.
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(slang) An amount or dose of something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic.
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To set firmly in the mind.
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To make rigid or stiff.

To fix one's jaw.

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To make permanent or lasting.

Color is fixed in dyeing.

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To arrange properly or in a certain way; set in order; adjust.
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To restore to proper condition; repair, mend, remedy, heal, etc.
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To bank, refuel, and tend (a fire)
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To prepare and cook (food or meals)
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To preserve (a specimen) so that its tissue, etc. can be used for microscopic study.
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(informal) To influence the result or action of (a horse race, jury, election, etc.) to one's advantage by bribery, trickery, etc.
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(informal) To revenge oneself on; get even with; punish or chastise.
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(informal) To spay or castrate.
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(photog.) To make (a film, print, etc.) permanent and prevent from fading by washing in a chemical solution.
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To become fixed, firm, or stable.
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(informal, dial.) To prepare or intend.

I'm fixing to go hunting.

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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.
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(informal) A difficult or awkward situation; predicament.
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(informal) An adjustment, repair, improvement, etc.

A short-term fix.

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(informal) A clear understanding or evaluation.

To get a fix on the problem.

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(slang) An injection of a narcotic, as heroin, by an addict.
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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.
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To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
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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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A repair or corrective action.

That plumber's fix is much better than the first one's.

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A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.

It rained before we repaired the roof, and were we in a fix!

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(informal) A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.
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A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
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We have a fix on your position.

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(US) Fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)
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(third-person singular simple present fixes, present participle fixing, simple past and past participle fixt or fixed)
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To attach; to affix; to hold in place.
  • (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.

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.

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To mend, to repair.

That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.

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(informal) To prepare (food).

She fixed dinner for the kids.

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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.

A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.

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(US, informal) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.

Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.

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(mathematics, sematics) To map a (point or subset) to itself.
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(informal) To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.

He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.

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To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.
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(chemistry, biology) To convert into a stable or available form.

Legumes are valued in crop rotation for their ability to fix nitrogen.

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(intransitive) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
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(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.

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(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").
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(chiefly grammar) Forming verbs denoting fastening or attaching (something) in the specified way (e.g.: suffix = "append", prefix = "preface").
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fix (someone's) wagon
  • To get revenge on another.
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fix on
  • to choose; settle on
  • to focus on
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(informal) fix someone up
  • to arrange a meeting or date for someone
    She fixed him up with her sister.
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(informal) fix up
  • to repair, mend, remedy, etc.
  • to arrange properly; set in order
  • to make arrangements for
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fix

  • Middle English fixen from fix fixed in position from Latin fīxus past participle of fīgere to fasten dhīgw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The common element of prefix, suffix, and affix — all ultimately from Latin figere, to fasten.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French fixer, from fixe, from Latin fixus.

    From Wiktionary