• (British, America) IPA: /ˈfɪks/

fix (fixes, present participle fixing; past and past participle fixt)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix.
    1. (transitive, by extension) (Of a piercing look) to direct at someone.
      He fixed me with a sickly grin, and said, "I told you it wouldn't work!"
  2. (transitive) To attach; to affix; to hold in place or at a particular time.
    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.
    The Constitution fixes the date when Congress must meet.
    1. (transitive, figuratively, usually in the passive) To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate.
      She's fixed on the idea of becoming a doctor.
  3. (transitive) To mend, to repair.
    That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.
    You can't fix stupid.
  4. (transitive, informal) To prepare (food or drink).
    She fixed dinner for the kids.
  5. (transitive) To make (a contest, vote, or gamble) unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion
    A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.
  6. (transitive, US, informal) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.
    Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.
  7. (transitive, mathematics, sematics) To map a (point or subset) to itself.
  8. (transitive, informal) To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.
    He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.
  9. (transitive) To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.
  10. (transitive, chemistry, biology) To convert into a stable or available form.
    Legumes are valued in crop rotation for their ability to fix nitrogen.
  11. (intransitive) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
    • 1665, Edmund Waller, “Upon Her Maiesties New Buildings at Somerset-House”:
      Accuſing ſome malignant Star,
      Not Britain, for that fateful War,
      Your kindneſs baniſhes your fear,
      Reſolv’d to fix for ever here.
    • 1801, Robert Southey, Thalaba the Destroyer:
      A cheerless place! the solitary Bee,
      Whose buzzing was the only sound of life,
      Flew there on restless wing,
      Seeking in vain one blossom, where to fix.
  12. (intransitive) 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.
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  • German: fixieren
  • Russian: закрепля́ть

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; a predicament.
    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!
  4. A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly 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 position.
  6. (US) fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)
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fix (plural fixs)

  1. Abbreviation of factor IX. clotting factor IX
Related terms
  • FI
  • FII
  • FIII
  • FIV
  • FV
  • FVI
  • FVII
  • FVII
  • FX
  • FXI
  • FXII

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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