verb (used with object), fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
- to repair; mend.
- to put in order or in good condition; adjust or arrrange: She fixed her hair in a bun.
- to make fast, firm, or stable.
- to place definitely and more or less permanently: to fix a circus poster to a wall.
- to settle definitely; determine: to fix a price.
- to direct (the eyes, the attention, etc.) steadily: His eyes were fixed on the distant ship.
- to attract and hold (the eye, the attention, etc.).
- to make set or rigid.
- to put into permanent form.
- to put or place (responsibility, blame, etc.) on a person.
- to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.
- to provide or supply with (something needed or wanted): How are you fixed for money?
- Informal. to arrange or influence the outcome or action of, especially privately or dishonestly: to fix a jury; to fix a game.
- to get (a meal); prepare (food): What time shall I fix supper?
- Informal. to put in a condition or position to make no further trouble.
- Informal. to get even with; get revenge upon: I’ll fix him!
- Informal. to castrate or spay (an animal, especially a pet).
- to make stable in consistency or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more stable state.
- to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
- Photography. to render (an image) permanent by removing light-sensitive silver halides.
- Microscopy. to kill, make rigid, and preserve for microscopic study.
verb (used without object), fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
- to become fixed.
- to become set; assume a rigid or solid form.
- to become stable or permanent.
- to settle down.
- Slang. to inject oneself with a narcotic.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. to prepare; plan (usually followed by an infinitive): I was just fixing to call you. We’re fixing to go to Colorado this summer.
- Informal. a position from which it is difficult to escape; predicament.
- Informal. a repair, adjustment, or solution, usually of an immediate nature: Can you think of a fix for the problem?
- a charted position of a vessel or aircraft, determined by two or more bearings taken on landmarks, heavenly bod-ies, etc.
- the determining of the position of a ship, plane, etc., by mathematical, electronic, or other means: The navigator took a fix on the sun and steered the ship due north.
- a clear determination: Can you get a fix on what he really means?
- an injection of heroin or other narcotic.
- the narcotic or amount of narcotic injected.
- a compulsively sought dose or infusion of something: to need one’s daily fix of soap operas on TV.
- an underhand or illegal arrangement, especially one secured through bribery or influence.
- a contest, situation, etc., whose outcome is prearranged dishonestly.
- fix on/upon, to decide on; determine: We won’t be able to fix on a location for the banquet until we know the number of guests.
- fix up, Informal.
- to arrange for: to fix up a date.
- to provide with; furnish.
- to repair; renew.
- to smooth over; solve: They weren’t able to fix up their differences.
- fix one’s wagon, Informal. to exact retribution for an offense; treat someone vengefully: I’ll dock his pay and that will fix his wagon.
- in a fix, Older Slang. pregnant.
verb (mainly tr)
- (also intr) to make or become firm, stable, or secure
- to attach or place permanentlyfix the mirror to the wall
- (often foll by up) to settle definitely; decidelet us fix a date
- to hold or direct (eyes, attention, etc) steadilyhe fixed his gaze on the woman
- to call to attention or rivet
- to make rigidto fix one’s jaw
- to place or ascribeto fix the blame on someone
- to mend or repair
- informal to provide withhow are you fixed for supplies?
- informal to influence (a person, outcome of a contest, etc) unfairly, as by bribery
- slang to take revenge on; get even with, esp by killing
- informal to give (someone) his just desertsthat’ll fix him
- informal to arrange or put in orderto fix one’s hair
- informal to prepareto fix a meal
- dialect, or informal to spay or castrate (an animal)
- US dialect, or informal to prepare oneselfI’m fixing to go out
- photog to treat (a film, plate, or paper) with fixer to make permanent the image rendered visible by developer
- cytology to kill, preserve, and harden (tissue, cells, etc) for subsequent microscopic study
- to convert (atmospheric nitrogen) into nitrogen compounds, as in the manufacture of fertilizers or the action of bacteria in the soil
- to convert (carbon dioxide) into organic compounds, esp carbohydrates, as occurs in photosynthesis in plants and some microorganisms
- to reduce (a substance) to a solid or condensed state or a less volatile state
- (intr) slang to inject a drug
- informal a predicament; dilemma
- the ascertaining of the navigational position, as of a ship, by radar, observation, etc
- slang an intravenous injection of a drug, esp heroin
- informal an act or instance of bribery
late 14c., “set (one’s eyes or mind) on something,” probably from Old French *fixer, from fixe “fixed,” from Latin fixus “fixed, fast, immovable, established, settled,” past participle of figere “to fix, fasten,” from PIE root *dhigw- “to stick, to fix.”
Sense of “fasten, attach” is c.1400; that of “settle, assign” is pre-1500 and evolved into “adjust, arrange” (1660s), then “repair” (1737). Sense of “tamper with” (a fight, a jury, etc.) is 1790. As euphemism for “castrate a pet” it dates from 1930. Related: Fixed; fixedly (1590s); fixing.
“position from which it is difficult to move,” 1809, American English, from fix (v.). Meaning “dose of narcotic” is from 1934, shortened from fix-up (1867, originally in reference to liquor).
- To convert inorganic carbon or nitrogen into stable, organic compounds that can be assimilated into organisms. Photosynthetic organisms such as green plants fix carbon in carbohydrates as food; certain bacteria fix nitrogen as ammonia that can be absorbed directly or through nitrification by plant roots. See more at carbon fixation nitrogen fixation.
- To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
- To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fix
- fix someone’s wagon
- fix up
- get a fix
- get a fix on
- if it ain’t broke don’t fix it
- in a fix