Nearby words

  1. fivefold,
  2. fivepenny,
  3. fivepins,
  4. fiver,
  5. fives,
  6. fix someone's wagon,
  7. fix up,
  8. fix-it,
  9. fix-up,
  10. fixable


    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.

Origin of fix

1350–1400; 1900–05 for def 29; 1935–40 for def 31; Middle English fixen (v.) < Medieval Latin fixāre, derivative of Latin fixus fixed, past participle of fīgere to fasten

1. correct, amend. 3, 4. fasten, secure, stabilize. 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. 5. establish, define. 27. dilemma, plight, quandary.

Related forms

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fix

British Dictionary definitions for fix


verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to make or become firm, stable, or secure
to attach or place permanentlyfix the mirror to the wall
(often foll by up) to settle definitely; decidelet us fix a date
to hold or direct (eyes, attention, etc) steadilyhe fixed his gaze on the woman
to call to attention or rivet
to make rigidto fix one's jaw
to place or ascribeto fix the blame on someone
to mend or repair
informal to provide withhow 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 desertsthat'll fix him
informal to arrange or put in orderto fix one's hair
informal to prepareto fix a meal
dialect, or informal to spay or castrate (an animal)
US dialect, or informal to prepare oneselfI'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
  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
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

Derived Formsfixable, adjective

Word Origin for fix

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

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Word Origin and History for fix
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science 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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Idioms and Phrases with fix


In addition to the idioms beginning with fix

  • fix someone's wagon
  • fix up

also see:

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