Definition of fixed in English:



  • 1Fastened securely in position.

    ‘a fixed iron ladder down the port side’
    • ‘Thread the fixed clamp jaws securely to the pipe sections.’
    • ‘Many portholes had long been taken by souvenir-hunters, although several rows securely fixed indicated that the wreck was not quite ready to give everything away.’
    • ‘It is worth looking around, as you descend, to work out how on earth the original explorers managed to have fixed iron ladders meandering up the pitch.’
    fastened, secure, fast, firm, stable
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    1. 1.1(of a person's expression) held for a long time without changing, especially to conceal other feelings.
      ‘a fixed smile’
      • ‘He seemed to carry on a silent battle, but then sighed and a fixed expression came over his face.’
      • ‘His features were pale and gaunt, a fixed, haunted expression upon his face.’
      • ‘Mr. Billingham's mouth, normally in a fixed smile, was as straight as the ruler Mother uses to whack me once in a while, a ruler facing horizontally.’
      • ‘Now there was a book that told us what really goes on behind the tall railings and fixed smiles.’
      • ‘As the tape finished, the light flicked back on again, leaving me staring at my own reflection once more, my fixed expression registering even more stunned shock than before.’
      • ‘Two young women in knee-length boots and fixed smiles are schmoozing the room.’
      • ‘Most of her paintings were self-portraits showing her with a fixed, expressionless face staring out at viewers.’
      • ‘It was, as a glance around the fixed expressions in the room confirmed, a time for private thoughts.’
      • ‘She has staring eyes and a permanent pert, fixed smile.’
      • ‘I lost my patience and I lost my fixed greeting smile.’
      • ‘I rushed to the mouth of my garage and stood next to Will, who was looking out with a fixed expression.’
      • ‘He does this while staring me straight in the eye, a fixed smile on his face.’
      • ‘The eyes were always fixed ahead and regarded us only as obstacles to be sidestepped.’
      • ‘It is then that they noticed that his eyes have a fixed expression, then when they saw him open the book in hand and move his fingers across to read the Braille and laugh to himself.’
      • ‘Cabin crew are supposed to wear fixed smiles: she looked as gloomy as gloomy can be.’
      • ‘The soldier just stared back at him, expression fixed and stony.’
      • ‘With painfully fixed smiles, the children kept the curious foreigners entertained for a while, and then at the end invited us to dance a traditional folk dance with them.’
      • ‘But because Mia was their first child, they assumed the fixed expression on her face was normal for a newborn baby.’
      • ‘On closer inspection, the women's tight, fixed smiles betrayed the very end of patience.’
      • ‘He's wheelchair bound, and had an eerie sort of fixed smile on his face.’
      insincere, false, fake, vacuous
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  • 2(especially of a price, rate, or time) predetermined and not able to be changed.

    ‘loans are provided for a fixed period’
    • ‘In each case there is an arrangement fee of £299 with no tie-ins after the fixed rate period.’
    • ‘These mortgages are primarily priced at a fixed rate.’
    • ‘But if you think you'll be in your home for a longer period, a fixed rate may be a better choice, he says.’
    • ‘And some continental countries have still had house price booms despite fixed rates.’
    • ‘Instead, she said the change to a fixed price agreement allowed Irish Rail more control over what methods would be used during the project.’
    • ‘But even a loan with a variable interest rate may contain provision for a fixed rate period.’
    • ‘Fixed rates are exactly that, loans with a fixed rate of interest for an agreed period, usually two, three or five years.’
    • ‘There is no standard fixed price veterinarians must charge for certain operations, and it's a seller's market.’
    • ‘They want me to quote a fixed price.’
    • ‘During this period fixed rate mortgages have increased by nearly half a point to 5.97%.’
    • ‘With one house in Bearsden already on the market for a fixed price of £2m, a new record is likely this year.’
    • ‘In the past, the greatest flexibility that mortgage holders were offered was the choice of a variable or a fixed rate.’
    • ‘The advantage for the farmer is that he can plan his requirements and have guaranteed delivery of his feed inputs at a fixed price over an agreed period of time.’
    • ‘The bonds pay a fixed rate of interest, currently 3%.’
    • ‘After paying a deposit (usually a minimum of ten per cent), you pay monthly instalments over a fixed term at a fixed rate of interest.’
    • ‘Prior to the recent changes, this fixed price included free fruit, yoghurts and desserts.’
    • ‘Even homes in two of the city's most sought-after suburbs, were on the market at fixed prices.’
    • ‘‘With the markets having calmed down and with fixed rates fairly highly priced, borrowers are looking more at discounts or trackers,’ she said.’
    • ‘We have now changed it to a fixed price of £190,000.’
    • ‘A fixed rate of interest is applied, which is usually much higher than the general retail rate.’
    predetermined, set, established, allotted, settled, prearranged, arranged, specified, decided, agreed, determined, confirmed, prescribed, decreed
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    1. 2.1(of a view or idea) firm or inflexible.
      ‘the fixed assumptions of the Cold War’
      • ‘A delusion is a fixed belief in something manifestly absurd or untrue, and that can't be overcome by reason.’
      • ‘He was a consummate pragmatist, but he was guided by fixed views.’
      • ‘We also want to send visitors who come up with a fixed view of Highlands culture away happy.’
      • ‘I mean if you're doing one thing all your life and becoming procedurally more and more adept at that one thing, then you're going to end up with quite a fixed view of things.’
      • ‘The view that childhood is a fixed notion, determined by biological and psychological facts rather than culture or society, is implicit.’
      • ‘And then, of course, there are the vast swathes of people in the middle who don't have a fixed view either way.’
      • ‘The fixed standpoint ossifies while the world moves on.’
      • ‘This means that he held the conclusion as a fixed view and tried to bring forward arguments in favour of it, though without logical success.’
      • ‘Art teachers can think of this activity as a means to circumvent fixed attitudes about drawing in a naturalistic mode.’
      • ‘When the general acts with a fixed view, every bit of new information is interpreted in relation to that view, and emerging possibilities are missed.’
      • ‘That said, I believe this could work to our advantage as there tends to be a fixed expectation and image about their cars.’
      • ‘Diverting off at a tangent for a second, I'm wondering if all of these unexpected phenomena indicate that I have a head full of fixed expectations that might be holding me back in other areas.’
      • ‘These efforts tend to see childhood as a fixed notion and not to appreciate the importance of culture within society.’
      • ‘It is not for this column to enter the political debate over ID cards - the Government evidently has its own fixed view of their value, consultations notwithstanding.’
      • ‘From the moment that we are born into the world to the day in which we die, we as humans develop our own systems of fixed beliefs; paradigms that we accept as truths and therefore rarely question.’
      • ‘Perceived value is certainly not a fixed notion, for it varies over a host of ever-changing attributes.’
      • ‘Korean Buddhist thought devoted itself to philosophical reformation and the overcoming of fixed concepts from the beginning.’
      • ‘Since he has never been to Indonesia before, he did not want to come with a fixed concept, but rather to discover the new situation first.’
      • ‘Taking it a step further, few news reports have examined how society's fixed notion of gender roles may determine more than just who is being bullied.’
      • ‘His songs lend themselves to other voices, they are not bound by fixed notions of gender, time or place.’
      set, firm, inflexible, unalterable, unchangeable, immutable, unvarying, invariable, hard and fast, cast-iron
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  • 3(of a sports contest) having the outcome dishonestly predetermined.

    ‘the fight's fixed—the ref has your card marked’
    • ‘It is widely believed that the Chinese football league is plagued by irregularities, including unfair refereeing, fixed matches and betting.’
    • ‘Besides anorexia and steroid abuse, there have, over the years, been rumours of fixed contests.’
    • ‘All the players of the five teams who appeared in the fixed matches would be barred from playing next season and their coaches banned for a year.’
  • 4informal Situated with regard to.

    ‘how's the club fixed for money now?’