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