Meaning of FIX in English


I. fix 1 S2 W2 /fɪks/ BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: fixus , past participle of figere 'to fasten' ]

1 . REPAIR [transitive] to repair something that is broken or not working properly:

He’s outside fixing the brakes on the car.

Ellis was able to quickly find and fix the problem.

2 . LIMIT [transitive]

a) to decide on a limit for something, especially prices, costs etc, so that they do not change SYN set

fix something at something

The interest rate has been fixed at 6.5%.

Rent was fixed at $1,750 per month.

b) if two or more companies fix the price for a particular product or service, they secretly agree on the price they will charge for it, in order to keep the price high and make more profit. This practice is illegal:

The government accused the two companies of fixing petrol prices.

3 . fix a time/date/place etc to decide on a particular time etc when something will happen:

Have you fixed a date for the wedding yet?

4 . ARRANGE ( also fix up ) [intransitive and transitive] spoken to make arrangements for something:

‘So when do I get to meet them?’ ‘Tomorrow, if I can fix it.’

fix (it) for somebody to do something

I’ve fixed for you to see him this afternoon at four.

5 . ATTACH [transitive] to attach something firmly to something else, so that it stays there permanently

fix something to/on something

The shelves should be fixed to the wall with screws.

6 . PREPARE FOOD [transitive] informal especially American English to prepare a meal or drinks SYN get :

I’ll watch the kids and you fix dinner.

fix somebody something

Can I fix you a snack?

Terry fixed herself a cold drink and sat out on the balcony.

7 . SOLVE [transitive] to find a solution to a problem or bad situation:

The government seems confident that environmental problems can be fixed.

8 . fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on somebody/something to think about or look at someone or something carefully:

Aziz tried to fix his mind on the job at hand.

Every eye was fixed on the new girl.

9 . fix somebody with a stare/glare/look etc literary to look directly at someone for a long time:

Rachel fixed him with an icy stare.

10 . HAIR/FACE [transitive] especially American English to make your hair or ↑ make-up look neat and attractive:

Who fixed your hair for the wedding?

Hold on. Let me just fix my face (=put on make-up) before we go out.

11 . CAT/DOG [transitive] American English informal to do a medical operation on a cat or dog so that it cannot have babies SYN neuter

12 . RESULT [transitive] to arrange an election, game etc dishonestly, so that you get the result you want:

Many suspected that the deal had been fixed in advance.

13 . PAINTINGS/PHOTOGRAPHS [transitive] technical to use a chemical process on paintings, photographs etc that makes the colours or images permanent

14 . PUNISH [transitive] informal used to say that you will punish someone you are angry with:

If anybody did that to me, I’d fix him good.

15 . be fixing to do something American English spoken to be preparing to do something – used in some parts of the US:

I’m fixing to go to the store. Do you need anything?

fix on somebody/something phrasal verb

to choose a suitable thing or person, especially after thinking about it carefully:

We’ve finally fixed on a place to have the concert.

fix somebody/something ↔ up phrasal verb

1 . to arrange a meeting, event etc:

I fixed up an interview with him.

We’ll have to fix up a time to meet.

2 . to decorate or repair a room or building SYN do up :

We fixed up the guest bedroom before he came to stay.

3 . to provide someone with something they want

fix somebody/something ↔ up with

Can you fix me up with a bed for the night?

4 . to find a suitable romantic partner for someone

fix somebody/something ↔ up with

I asked my best friend to fix me up with someone.

II. fix 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . [countable] something that solves a problem:

Robinson called the proposal a quick fix (=a temporary or easy solution) of limited value.

2 . (be) in a fix to have a problem that is difficult to solve SYN (be) in a mess :

We’re going to be in a real fix if we miss that bus.

That’s put us in a fix.

3 . [singular] an amount of something, especially an illegal drug such as ↑ heroin , that you often use and badly want:

addicts looking for a fix

I need my fix of caffeine in the morning or I can’t think.

4 . get a fix on somebody/something

a) to find out exactly where someone or something is:

He peered out, trying to get a fix on the enemy’s position.

b) to understand what someone or something is really like:

I couldn’t seem to get a fix on the situation.

5 . [singular] something that has been dishonestly arranged:

People think the election was a fix.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.