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Meaning of fix by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɪks


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


    fix ( plural: fixes )

    1. A repair or corrective action .
      That plumber's fix is much better than the first one's .
    2. A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma .
      It rained before we repaired the roof, and were we in a fix!
    3. ( informal ) A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user .
      "Just one fix!" -Alain Jourgensen
    4. A prearrangement of the outcome of a competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
    5. A determination of location
      We have a fix on your location .


    to fix ( third-person singular simple present fixes present participle fixing, simple past and past participle fixt or fixed )

    1. To mend, to repair .
      That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it .
    2. To attach, to become attached; to affix .
      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 .
    3. To become acutely focused or obsessed .
      She's fixed on the idea of becoming a doctor .
    4. To prepare .
      She fixed dinner for the kids .
    5. To make a contest, vote, or gamble unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins .
      A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent .
    6. To make a business of getting paid to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion[1]
    7. ( US ) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile .
      Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him .
    8. ( mathematics, transitive ) To map a ( point or subset ) to itself .
    9. To avenge, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant .
      He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work .
    10. To purposefully stare at someone .
      He fixed me with a sickly grin, and said, "I told you it wouldn't work!"


    • neuter, spay, desex, castrate, doctor
    • See also Wikisaurus:repair

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    1. ^ Sutherland, Edwin H. ( ed ) ( 1937 ): The Professional Thief: by a Professional Thief. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Reprinted by various publishers in subsequent decades.]


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/12 23:32 UTC Version )


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


    • ( RP ) IPA: /fɪks/



    1. ( 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" ) .
    2. ( chiefly grammar ) Forming verbs denoting fastening or attaching ( something ) in the specified way ( e.g.: suffix = "append", prefix = "preface" ) .

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    • -fixation

Explanation of fix by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make infertile

    2. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    3. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

    4. I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill
    5. kill, preserve, and harden ( tissue ) in order to prepare for microscopic study

    6. make fixed, stable or stationary

    7. let's fix the picture to the frame
    8. decide upon or fix definitely

    9. fix the variables
    10. take vengeance on or get even

    11. That'll fix him good!
    12. cause to be firmly attached

    13. she fixed her gaze on the man
    14. put ( something somewhere ) firmly

    15. fix your eyes on this spot
    16. set or place definitely

    17. Let's fix the date for the party!
    18. prepare for eating by applying heat

    19. fix breakfast for the guests, please
    20. influence an event or its outcome by illegal means

    21. fix a race
    1. a determination of the place where something is

    2. he got a good fix on the target
    3. an exemption granted after influence ( e.g., money ) is brought to bear

    4. collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers
    5. the act of putting something in working order again

    6. something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug

    7. she needed a fix of chocolate
    8. informal terms for a difficult situation

    9. he got into a terrible fix

    Definition of fix by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fettling n.
      1. ( Metal. ) A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace. [Eng.] [It is commonly called fix in the United States.]

      2. ( Pottery ) The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.

    2. Fix ( fĭks ), a. [OE., fr. L. fixus, p. p. of figere to fix; cf. F. fixe.] Fixed; solidified. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    3. Fix, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fixed ( fĭkst ); p. pr. & vb. n. Fixing.] [Cf. F. fixer.]
      1. To make firm, stable, or fast; to set or place permanently; to fasten immovably; to establish; to implant; to secure; to make definite.

      An ass's nole I fixed on his head. Shak.

      O, fix thy chair of grace, that all my powers

      May also fix their reverence. Herbert.

      His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. Ps. cxii. 7.

      And fix far deeper in his head their stings. Milton.

      2. To hold steadily; to direct unwaveringly; to fasten, as the eye on an object, the attention on a speaker.

      Sat fixed in thought the mighty Stagirite. Pope.

      One eye on death, and one full fix'd on heaven. Young.

      3. To transfix; to pierce. [Obs.] Sandys.

      4. ( Photog. ) To render ( an impression ) permanent by treating with a developer to make it insensible to the action of light. Abney.

      5. To put in order; to arrange; to dispose of; to adjust; to set to rights; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; hence, to repair; as, “to fix the clothes; to fix the furniture of a room.” [Colloq. U.S.]

      6. ( Iron Manuf. ) To line the hearth of ( a puddling furnace ) with fettling.

      Syn. -- To arrange; prepare; adjust; place; establish; settle; determine.

    4. Fix, v. i.
      1. To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.

      Your kindness banishes your fear,

      Resolved to fix forever here. Waller.

      2. 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. Bacon.

      To fix on, to settle the opinion or resolution about; to determine regarding; as, “the contracting parties have fixed on certain leading points”.

    5. Fix, n.
      1. A position of difficulty or embarassment; predicament; dilemma. [Colloq.]

      Is he not living, then? No. is he dead, then? No, nor dead either. Poor Aroar can not live, and can not die, -- so that he is in an almighty fix. De Quincey.

      2. ( Iron Manuf. ) fettling. [U.S.]