Meaning of FIX in English

FIX

/ fɪks; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

ATTACH

1.

[ 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.

ARRANGE

2.

[ 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) .

3.

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

4.

[ 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

5.

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.

REPAIR

6.

[ vn ] to repair or correct sth :

The car won't start—can you fix it?

I've fixed the problem.

HAIR / FACE

7.

[ 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.

RESULT

8.

[ 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.

PUNISH

9.

[ vn ] ( informal ) to punish sb who has harmed you and stop them doing you any more harm :

Don't worry—I'll fix him.

IN PHOTOGRAPHY

10.

[ vn ] ( technical ) to treat film for cameras, etc. with a chemical so that the colours do not change or become less bright

ANIMAL

11.

[ vn ] ( NAmE , informal ) to make an animal unable to have young by means of an operation

—see also neuter

IDIOMS

- fix sb with a look, stare, gaze, etc.

—more at ain't

PHRASAL VERBS

- fix on sb/sth

- fix sth on sb/sth

- fix sth up

- fix sb up (with sb)

- fix sb up (with sth)

■ noun

SOLUTION

1.

[ C ] ( informal ) a solution to a problem, especially an easy or temporary one :

There is no quick fix for the steel industry.

DRUG

2.

[ 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.

DIFFICULT SITUATION

3.

[ sing. ] a difficult situation

SYN mess :

We've got ourselves in a fix about this.

ON POSITION

4.

[ sing. ] the act of finding the position of a ship or an aircraft :

They managed to get a fix on the yacht's position.

UNDERSTANDING

5.

[ 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.

DISHONEST RESULT

6.

[ sing. ] ( informal ) a thing that is dishonestly arranged; a trick :

Her promotion was a fix, I'm sure!

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WORD ORIGIN

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.

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