from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To place securely; make stable or firm: fixed the tent poles in the ground. See Synonyms at fasten.
  • transitive v. To secure to another; attach: fixing the notice to the board with tacks.
  • transitive v. To put into a stable or unalterable form: tried to fix the conversation in her memory.
  • transitive v. To make (a chemical substance) nonvolatile or solid.
  • transitive v. Biology To convert (nitrogen) into stable, biologically assimilable compounds.
  • transitive v. To kill and preserve (a specimen) intact for microscopic study.
  • transitive v. To prevent discoloration of (a photographic image) by washing or coating with a chemical preservative.
  • transitive v. To direct steadily: fixed her eyes on the road ahead.
  • transitive v. To capture or hold: The man with the long beard fixed our attention.
  • transitive v. To set or place definitely; establish: fixed her residence in a coastal village.
  • transitive v. To determine with accuracy; ascertain: fixed the date of the ancient artifacts.
  • transitive v. To agree on; arrange: fix a time to meet.
  • transitive v. To assign; attribute: fixing the blame.
  • transitive v. To correct or set right; adjust: fix a misspelling; fix the out-of-date accounts.
  • transitive v. To restore to proper condition or working order; repair: fix a broken machine.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To convert (data) from floating-point notation to fixed-point notation.
  • transitive v. To make ready; prepare: fixed the room for the guests; fix lunch for the kids; fixed himself a milkshake.
  • transitive v. To spay or castrate (an animal).
  • transitive v. Informal To take revenge upon; get even with.
  • transitive v. To influence the outcome or actions of by improper or unlawful means: fix a prizefight; fix a jury.
  • intransitive v. To direct one's efforts or attention; concentrate: We fixed on the immediate goal.
  • intransitive v. To become stable or firm; harden: Fresh plaster will fix in a few hours.
  • intransitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To be on the verge of; to be making preparations for. Used in progressive tenses with the infinitive: We were fixing to leave without you.
  • n. The act of adjusting, correcting, or repairing.
  • n. Informal Something that repairs or restores; a solution: no easy fix for an intractable problem.
  • n. The position, as of a ship or aircraft, determined by visual observations with the aid of equipment.
  • n. A clear determination or understanding: a briefing that gave us a fix on the current situation.
  • n. An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.
  • n. A difficult or embarrassing situation; a predicament. See Synonyms at predicament.
  • n. Slang An amount or dose of something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic.
  • fix up To improve the appearance or condition of; refurbish.
  • fix up To provide; equip.
  • fix up Informal To provide a companion on a date for: fixed me up with an escort at the last minute.
  • idiom fix (someone's) wagon To get revenge on another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A repair or corrective action.
  • n. A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.
  • n. A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.
  • n. A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
  • n. A determination of location.
  • n. fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)
  • v. To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix.
  • v. To attach; to affix; to hold in place.
  • v. To mend, to repair.
  • v. To prepare (food).
  • v. To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.
  • v. To map a (point or subset) to itself.
  • v. To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fixed; solidified.
  • n. A position of difficulty or embarassment; predicament; dilemma.
  • n. fettling.
  • intransitive v. To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To make firm, stable, or fast; to set or place permanently; to fasten immovably; to establish; to implant; to secure; to make definite.
  • transitive v. To hold steadily; to direct unwaveringly; to fasten, as the eye on an object, the attention on a speaker.
  • transitive v. To transfix; to pierce.
  • transitive v. To render (an impression) permanent by treating with a developer to make it insensible to the action of light.
  • transitive v. To put in order; to arrange; to dispose of; to adjust; to set to rights; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; hence, to repair
  • transitive v. To line the hearth of (a puddling furnace) with fettling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten; make fast by some material means: attach or confine firmly or securely: also used figuratively of immaterial things.
  • Figuratively, to direct intently or persistently, so as to be as it were fastened to its object: as, to fix the mind on a subject; to fix the eyes or the attention.
  • To hold firmly; restrain from wandering or wavering; arrest: as, to fix one with the eyes; to fix the attention of an audience; to fix inconstant affections.
  • To establish; give permanence or a permanent character to; make permanent; confirm.
  • To establish in position or in a situation; settle or place stably; plant firmly: as, to fix a lance in rest; the fixed stars (see fixed, 2).
  • To make stable in consistence or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more permanent state; make less volatile or fugitive: as, cold fixes water in the form of ice; to fix colors by a mordant.
  • To reduce to a concrete state; seize and put into permanent form: as, to fix one's thoughts on paper, or a conception on canvas.
  • To establish as a fact or a conclusion; determine or settle definitely; make certain: as, this event fixed his destiny; to fix the meaning of a word.
  • To limit or confine, as by custom or practice; determine by limitation.
  • To regulate; adjust; put in order; arrange in a suitable or desired manner: as, to fix one's affairs; to fix one's room or one's dress; to fix one's self for going out.
  • To bring into a state favorable to one's purpose; make sure of, as by selection, bargain, or some selfish inducement: as, to fix a legislative committee or a jury.
  • To transfix; pierce.
  • Same as to fix out.
  • To rest; settle down or remain permanently; cease from wandering.
  • To assume a stable form; cease to flow or be fluid; congeal; become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.
  • Fixed; established; steadfast.
  • Solidified.
  • n. A critical condition; a predicament; a difficulty; a dilemma.
  • n. In naut. surv., the operation of determining (‘fixing’) the position of an unknown point by the three-point problem, which involves the measurement, at the point, of the two angles between lines running to three known visible points.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
  • n. the act of putting something in working order again
  • v. make fixed, stable or stationary
  • v. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  • v. influence an event or its outcome by illegal means
  • v. kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
  • v. cause to be firmly attached
  • v. put (something somewhere) firmly
  • v. take vengeance on or get even
  • v. make infertile
  • n. something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug
  • v. prepare for eating by applying heat
  • n. an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear
  • v. set or place definitely
  • n. informal terms for a difficult situation
  • n. a determination of the place where something is
  • v. decide upon or fix definitely


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English fixen, from fix, fixed in position, from Latin fīxus, past participle of fīgere, to fasten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French fixer, from fixe, from Latin fixus.



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  • A contronym: both to restore and to remove (castrate).

    May 14, 2008