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[ fiks ]

verb (used with object)

, fixed or (Archaic) fixt [fikst], fix·ing.
  1. to repair; mend.

    Synonyms: amend, correct

  2. to put in order or in good condition; adjust or arrange:

    She fixed her hair in a bun.

  3. to make fast, firm, or stable.

    Synonyms: stabilize, secure, fasten

  4. to place definitely and more or less permanently:

    to fix a circus poster to a wall.

    Synonyms: stabilize, secure, fasten

  5. to settle definitely; determine:

    to fix a price.

    Synonyms: define, establish

  6. to direct (the eyes, the attention, etc.) steadily:

    His eyes were fixed on the distant ship.

  7. to attract and hold (the eye, the attention, etc.).
  8. to make set or rigid.
  9. to put into permanent form.
  10. to put or place (responsibility, blame, etc.) on a person.
  11. to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.
  12. to provide or supply with (something needed or wanted):

    How are you fixed for money?

  13. Informal. to arrange or influence the outcome or action of, especially privately or dishonestly:

    to fix a jury; to fix a game.

  14. to get (a meal); prepare (food):

    What time shall I fix supper?

  15. Informal. to put in a condition or position to make no further trouble.
  16. Informal. to get even with; get revenge upon:

    I'll fix him!

  17. Informal. to castrate or spay (an animal, especially a pet).
  18. Chemistry.
    1. to make stable in consistency or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more stable state.
    2. to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
  19. Photography. to render (an image) permanent by removing light-sensitive silver halides.
  20. Microscopy. to kill, make rigid, and preserve for microscopic study.

verb (used without object)

, fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
  1. to become fixed.
  2. to become set; assume a rigid or solid form.
  3. to become stable or permanent.
  4. to settle down.
  5. Slang. to inject oneself with a narcotic.
  6. Chiefly Southern U.S. to prepare; plan (usually followed by an infinitive):

    I was just fixing to call you. We're fixing to go to Colorado this summer.


  1. Informal. a position from which it is difficult to escape; predicament.

    Synonyms: quandary, plight, dilemma

  2. Informal. a repair, adjustment, or solution, usually of an immediate nature:

    Can you think of a fix for the problem?

  3. Navigation.
    1. a charted position of a vessel or aircraft, determined by two or more bearings taken on landmarks, heavenly bod-ies, etc.
    2. the determining of the position of a ship, plane, etc., by mathematical, electronic, or other means:

      The navigator took a fix on the sun and steered the ship due north.

  4. a clear determination:

    Can you get a fix on what he really means?

  5. Slang.
    1. an injection of heroin or other narcotic.
    2. the narcotic or amount of narcotic injected.
    3. a compulsively sought dose or infusion of something:

      to need one's daily fix of soap operas on TV.

  6. Slang.
    1. an underhand or illegal arrangement, especially one secured through bribery or influence.
    2. a contest, situation, etc., whose outcome is prearranged dishonestly.

verb phrase

  1. to decide on; determine:

    We won't be able to fix on a location for the banquet until we know the number of guests.

  2. Informal.
    1. to arrange for:

      to fix up a date.

    2. to provide with; furnish.
    3. to repair; renew.
    4. to smooth over; solve:

      They weren't able to fix up their differences.


/ fɪks /


  1. also intr to make or become firm, stable, or secure
  2. to attach or place permanently

    fix the mirror to the wall

  3. often foll by up to settle definitely; decide

    let us fix a date

  4. to hold or direct (eyes, attention, etc) steadily

    he fixed his gaze on the woman

  5. to call to attention or rivet
  6. to make rigid

    to fix one's jaw

  7. to place or ascribe

    to fix the blame on someone

  8. to mend or repair
  9. informal.
    to provide with

    how are you fixed for supplies?

  10. informal.
    to influence (a person, outcome of a contest, etc) unfairly, as by bribery
  11. slang.
    to take revenge on; get even with, esp by killing
  12. informal.
    to give (someone) his just deserts

    that'll fix him

  13. informal.
    to arrange or put in order

    to fix one's hair

  14. informal.
    to prepare

    to fix a meal

  15. dialect.
    to spay or castrate (an animal)
  16. dialect.
    to prepare oneself

    I'm fixing to go out

  17. photog to treat (a film, plate, or paper) with fixer to make permanent the image rendered visible by developer
  18. cytology to kill, preserve, and harden (tissue, cells, etc) for subsequent microscopic study
    1. to convert (atmospheric nitrogen) into nitrogen compounds, as in the manufacture of fertilizers or the action of bacteria in the soil
    2. to convert (carbon dioxide) into organic compounds, esp carbohydrates, as occurs in photosynthesis in plants and some microorganisms
  19. to reduce (a substance) to a solid or condensed state or a less volatile state
  20. slang.
    intr to inject a drug


  1. informal.
    a predicament; dilemma
  2. the ascertaining of the navigational position, as of a ship, by radar, observation, etc
  3. slang.
    an intravenous injection of a drug, esp heroin
  4. informal.
    an act or instance of bribery


/ fĭks /

  1. 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.
  2. See more at carbon fixation
  3. To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
  4. 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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Usage Note

Fix meaning “to repair” appears to have been used first in America, but it is long established and has been used in England since the early 19th century: The engineer quickly fixed the faulty valve. The verb use is fully standard in all varieties of speech and writing, and objections to it on the grounds of style merely reflect personal prejudice, not the practice of educated speakers and writers. The noun fix meaning “repair, adjustment” is informal. Fix ( to ) meaning “to prepare, plan (to)” is another Americanism: We're fixing to go to town. It once occurred in all the eastern coastal states, but it is now chiefly an informal spoken form in the South Midland and South.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfixable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • fixa·ble adjective
  • fixa·bili·ty noun
  • over·fix verb
  • re·fix verb (used with object) refixed refixing
  • un·fixa·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fix1

First recorded in 1350–1400; (verb) Middle English fixen, from Middle French fixer or Medieval Latin fixāre, derivative of Latin fixus “fixed,” past participle of fīgere “to fasten”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fix1

C15: from Medieval Latin fixāre , from Latin fixus fixed, from Latin fīgere

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. fix one's wagon, Informal. to exact retribution for an offense; treat someone vengefully:

    I'll dock his pay and that will fix his wagon.

  2. in a fix, Older Slang. pregnant.

More idioms and phrases containing fix

  • get a fix
  • get a fix on
  • if it ain't broke don't fix it
  • in a fix

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Synonym Study

Fix, establish imply making firm or permanent. To fix is to fasten in position securely or to make more or less permanent against change, especially something already existing: to fix a bayonet on a gun; fix a principle in one's mind. To establish is to make firm or permanent something (usually newly) originated, created, or ordained: to establish a business, a claim to property.

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Example Sentences

Those efforts take resources, but experts cautioned against seemingly easy fixes like requiring people to provide proof of residency or other documentation.

From Vox

Maryland Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Hogan administration to make immediate and long-term fixes to the state’s “broken” unemployment system, which has been plagued with problems since the beginning of the pandemic.

I spoke with Kipp Godfrey, the general manager and overseer of tens of thousands of fixes at America’s premier technical gear-mending shop, Rainy Pass Repair, about how you can maximize your ski kit’s life and efficacy for seasons to come.

She also outlined several fixes that have been made in response to feedback.

New additions in the release notes include the ability to read smaller QR codes with the iPhone cameras, notifications to tell users "when the camera of your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera," and a number of bug fixes.

Further, there are maintenance crews who have to fix those drones.

Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.

The bill, which passed Congress without opposition, is only a temporary fix and expires in 2015.

We need to “fix our schools,” even while recognizing that our efforts thus far are only works-in-progress.

And then it broke down, and the woman says, 'I'm sorry, but we have to fix the internet, so it's down for the rest of the flight.'

To fix on any one stage in such an evolution, detach it, affirm it, is to wrest a true scripture to its destruction.

Look till you fix them for the rest of your days well in memory, and then say what in the devil's name you could make of them.

First I had better fix the sequence of the munition cables, for upon them the whole attack has hung—or rather, hung fire.

"I'd have been in a pretty fix if he had finished my house, and I had tried to move my furniture into it," he muttered.

Meadow Mouse was too well acquainted with old Mr. Crow to get himself into any such fix as that.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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