Meaning of FIX in English
/ fɪks; NAmE / verb , noun
[ vn ] ( especially BrE ) to put sth firmly in a place so that it will not move :
to fix a shelf to the wall
to fix a post in the ground
( figurative )
He noted every detail so as to fix the scene in his mind.
[ vn ] to decide on a date, a time, an amount, etc. for sth
SYN set :
Has the date of the next meeting been fixed?
They fixed the rent at £100 a week.
Their prices are fixed until the end of the year (= will not change before then) .
fix sth (up) (for sb) to arrange or organize sth :
[ vn ]
I'll fix a meeting.
You have to fix visits up in advance with the museum.
( informal )
Don't worry, I'll fix it with Sarah.
[ v to inf ]
I've fixed up (for us) to go to the theatre next week.
POSITION / TIME
[ vn ] to discover or say the exact position, time, etc. of sth :
We can fix the ship's exact position at the time the fire broke out.
FOOD / DRINK
fix sth (for sb) | fix sb sth ( especially NAmE ) to provide or prepare sth, especially food :
[ vnn , vn ]
Can I fix you a drink?
Can I fix a drink for you?
[ vn ]
I'll fix supper.
[ vn ] to repair or correct sth :
The car won't start—can you fix it?
I've fixed the problem.
HAIR / FACE
[ vn ] ( especially NAmE ) to make sth such as your hair or face neat and attractive :
I'll fix my hair and then I'll be ready.
[ vn ] [ often passive ] ( informal ) to arrange the result of sth in a way that is not honest or fair :
I'm sure the race was fixed.
[ vn ] ( informal ) to punish sb who has harmed you and stop them doing you any more harm :
Don't worry—I'll fix him.
[ vn ] ( technical ) to treat film for cameras, etc. with a chemical so that the colours do not change or become less bright
[ vn ] ( NAmE , informal ) to make an animal unable to have young by means of an operation
—see also neuter
- fix sb with a look, stare, gaze, etc.
—more at ain't
- fix on sb/sth
- fix sth on sb/sth
- fix sth up
- fix sb up (with sb)
- fix sb up (with sth)
[ C ] ( informal ) a solution to a problem, especially an easy or temporary one :
There is no quick fix for the steel industry.
[ sing. ] ( informal ) an amount of sth that you need and want frequently, especially an illegal drug such as heroin :
to get yourself a fix
I need a fix of coffee before I can face the day.
[ sing. ] a difficult situation
SYN mess :
We've got ourselves in a fix about this.
[ sing. ] the act of finding the position of a ship or an aircraft :
They managed to get a fix on the yacht's position.
[ sing. ] ( informal ) an act of understanding sth :
He tried to get a fix on the young man's motives, but he just couldn't understand him.
[ sing. ] ( informal ) a thing that is dishonestly arranged; a trick :
Her promotion was a fix, I'm sure!
late Middle English : partly from Old French fix fixed, partly from medieval Latin fixare to fix, both from Latin fixus , past participle of figere fix, fasten. The noun dates from the early 19th cent.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005