Meaning of FIX in English


I. ˈfiks verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fixus, past participle of figere to fasten; akin to Lithuanian dygti to sprout, break through

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to make firm, stable, or stationary

b. : to give a permanent or final form to: as

(1) : to change into a stable compound or available form

bacteria that fix nitrogen

(2) : to kill, harden, and preserve for microscopic study

(3) : to make the image of (a photographic film) permanent by removing unused salts

c. : affix , attach


a. : to hold or direct steadily

fix es his eyes on the horizon

b. : to capture the attention of

fix ed her with a stare


a. : to set or place definitely : establish

b. : to make an accurate determination of : discover

fix ing our location on the chart

c. : assign

fix the blame

4. : to set in order : adjust

5. : to get ready : prepare

fix lunch


a. : repair , mend

fix the clock

b. : restore , cure

the doctor fix ed him up

c. : spay , castrate


a. : to get even with

b. : to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods

the race had been fix ed

intransitive verb

1. : to become firm, stable, or fixed

2. : to get set : be on the verge

we're fix ing to leave soon

3. : to direct one's attention or efforts : focus ; also : decide , settle — usually used with on

had fix ed on the first Saturday in June

Synonyms: see fasten

• fix·able ˈfik-sə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Date: 1809

1. : a position of difficulty or embarrassment : predicament


a. : the position (as of a ship) determined by bearings, observations, or radio ; also : a determination of one's position

b. : an accurate determination or understanding especially by observation or analysis

3. : an act or instance of improper or illegal fixing

the fix was in

4. : a supply or dose of something strongly desired or craved

a coffee fix

especially : a shot of a narcotic

5. : fixation

6. : something that fixes or restores : solution

an easy fix

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.