to repair; mend.
to put in order or in good condition; adjust or arrange: She fixed her hair in a bun.
to make fast, firm, or stable.
to place definitely and more or less permanently: to fix a circus poster to a wall.
to settle definitely; determine: to fix a price.
to direct (the eyes, the attention, etc.) steadily: His eyes were fixed on the distant ship.
to attract and hold (the eye, the attention, etc.).
to make set or rigid.
to put into permanent form.
to put or place (responsibility, blame, etc.) on a person.
to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.
to provide or supply with (something needed or wanted): How are you fixed for money?
Informal. to arrange or influence the outcome or action of, especially privately or dishonestly: to fix a jury; to fix a game.
to get (a meal); prepare (food): What time shall I fix supper?
Informal. to put in a condition or position to make no further trouble.
Informal. to get even with; get revenge upon: I'll fix him!
Informal. to castrate or spay (an animal, especially a pet).
to make stable in consistency or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more stable state.
to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
Photography. to render (an image) permanent by removing light-sensitive silver halides.
Microscopy. to kill, make rigid, and preserve for microscopic study.
to become fixed.
to become set; assume a rigid or solid form.
to become stable or permanent.
to settle down.
Slang. to inject oneself with a narcotic.
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.
Informal. a position from which it is difficult to escape; predicament.
Informal. a repair, adjustment, or solution, usually of an immediate nature: Can you think of a fix for the problem?
a charted position of a vessel or aircraft, determined by two or more bearings taken on landmarks, heavenly bod-ies, etc.
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.
a clear determination: Can you get a fix on what he really means?
an injection of heroin or other narcotic.
the narcotic or amount of narcotic injected.
a compulsively sought dose or infusion of something: to need one's daily fix of soap operas on TV.
an underhand or illegal arrangement, especially one secured through bribery or influence.
a contest, situation, etc., whose outcome is prearranged dishonestly.
fix on / upon to decide on; determine: We won't be able to fix on a location for the banquet until we know the number of guests.
fix up, Informal.
to arrange for: to fix up a date.
to provide with; furnish.
to repair; renew.
to smooth over; solve: They weren't able to fix up their differences.
Idioms about fix
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.
in a fix, Older Slang. pregnant.
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.
- fix·a·ble, adjective
- fix·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- o·ver·fix, verb
- re·fix, verb (used with object), re·fixed, re·fix·ing.
- un·fix·a·ble, adjective
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How to use fix in a sentence
Those efforts take resources, but experts cautioned against seemingly easy fixes like requiring people to provide proof of residency or other documentation.Don’t hate the vaccine tourists, hate the vaccine game | Jen Kirby | February 12, 2021 | 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.Maryland Democrats recommend legislative fixes to state’s ‘broken’ unemployment system | Ovetta Wiggins | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
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.What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | Cat Ferguson | January 30, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
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.iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 hit supported devices today | Samuel Axon | January 26, 2021 | Ars Technica
Further, there are maintenance crews who have to fix those drones.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says | Dave Majumdar | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The bill, which passed Congress without opposition, is only a temporary fix and expires in 2015.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
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.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
First I had better fix the sequence of the munition cables, for upon them the whole attack has hung—or rather, hung fire.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
"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.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Meadow Mouse was too well acquainted with old Mr. Crow to get himself into any such fix as that.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for fix
(also intr) to make or become firm, stable, or secure
to attach or place permanently: fix the mirror to the wall
(often foll by up) to settle definitely; decide: let us fix a date
to hold or direct (eyes, attention, etc) steadily: he fixed his gaze on the woman
to call to attention or rivet
to make rigid: to fix one's jaw
to place or ascribe: to fix the blame on someone
to mend or repair
informal to provide with: how are you fixed for supplies?
informal to influence (a person, outcome of a contest, etc) unfairly, as by bribery
slang to take revenge on; get even with, esp by killing
informal to give (someone) his just deserts: that'll fix him
informal to arrange or put in order: to fix one's hair
informal to prepare: to fix a meal
dialect, or informal to spay or castrate (an animal)
US dialect, or informal to prepare oneself: I'm fixing to go out
photog to treat (a film, plate, or paper) with fixer to make permanent the image rendered visible by developer
cytology to kill, preserve, and harden (tissue, cells, etc) for subsequent microscopic study
to convert (atmospheric nitrogen) into nitrogen compounds, as in the manufacture of fertilizers or the action of bacteria in the soil
to convert (carbon dioxide) into organic compounds, esp carbohydrates, as occurs in photosynthesis in plants and some microorganisms
to reduce (a substance) to a solid or condensed state or a less volatile state
(intr) slang to inject a drug
informal a predicament; dilemma
the ascertaining of the navigational position, as of a ship, by radar, observation, etc
slang an intravenous injection of a drug, esp heroin
informal an act or instance of bribery
- See also fix up
- fixable, adjective
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Scientific definitions for fix
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. See more at carbon fixation nitrogen fixation.
To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with fix
In addition to the idioms beginning with fix
- fix someone's wagon
- fix up
- get a fix
- get a fix on
- if it ain't broke don't fix it
- in a fix
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.