Definition of fix in English:



  • 1 Fasten (something) securely in a particular place or position.

    ‘fix the clamp on a rail’
    ‘the upper jaw of an amphibian is firmly fixed to the skull’
    • ‘The reconnaissance officers used head torches fixed to their helmets.’
    • ‘Dave had lined the room with hardboard sheets fixed to wooden battens.’
    • ‘The pieces might be fixed in a plate of stone, shaped to receive the parts, or assembled face down and then affixed to a setting bed.’
    • ‘The upholstery was ‘a chassis’, that is, fixed to its own subframes independent of the main chair frame.’
    • ‘Above the figure's chest was a small metal panel, which was fixed to the figure's chest.’
    • ‘By the 1st millennium bc iron tyres were being fixed to the outside of the rim of spoked wheels, proving to be a far more robust yet lightweight structure.’
    • ‘His commanding officer rose to repeat the final briefing, grasping any object that was fixed to the hull, desperately trying not to go tumbling around in zero gee.’
    • ‘To identify those properties, firemarks - small plaques made from metal or wood adorned with the name or symbol of the company concerned - were fixed to external walls.’
    • ‘Fix the shelf to the wall above the curtain track using the brackets.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was their dreamlike quality or the way they could not be fixed in place.’
    • ‘Long, bronze relief friezes by Paul Day will be fixed to its walls.’
    • ‘In both cases, the receiver was fixed inside the boat hull without negatively affecting the athletes.’
    • ‘Most of the headstones have now been fixed back into place but others are beyond repair, and still more have been laid flat because of safety concerns.’
    • ‘Use several long wood screws and wood glue to fix the post in a sturdy, upright position.’
    • ‘To allow movement from thermal and other forces, the roof is not fixed rigidly to its supports.’
    • ‘There was a shelf fixed to the wall by the light switch.’
    • ‘Freestanding and wall-mounted compositions, they are made of magnets and metal elements attached to wires that are fixed to the wall or ceiling.’
    • ‘Instead, he fixes the photograph to a mat using archival plastic corners.’
    • ‘At that point in space, the satellite orbits Earth at the same speed as Earth's rotation - making the satellite appear to be fixed in the same location in the sky.’
    • ‘Ostreids were also able to fix themselves to movable objects such as driftwood or cephalopods, thereby further facilitating their dispersal.’
    fasten, attach, affix, secure
    stick, lodge, implant, embed, anchor
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    1. 1.1Lodge or implant (an idea, image, or memory) firmly in a person's mind.
      ‘he turned back to fix the scene in his mind’
      • ‘In fact, this kind of exhibition often serves to fix in the minds of viewers a picture that in most cases is a constructed reality.’
      • ‘Everything about what he saw in her that day just seemed to remain fixed in his mind, as if her image was carved into marble.’
      • ‘You've got to savor these days, and keep them fixed in mind when the next hurricane, typhoon, volcano eruption, etc., comes knocking.’
      • ‘Mr President, I've got one image of you fixed in my mind.’
      • ‘Mr Bailey said the Government's early message that the countryside was closed had become firmly fixed in people's minds.’
      • ‘Still perplexed, he steered her inside and out of the cold, but the image of the boats remained fixed in her mind.’
      • ‘I did know where it was, really; I just didn't have any landmarks fixed in my mind.’
      • ‘Jeb looked up at his mother, fixing her image in his mind.’
      • ‘He says that all who believe him should also look forward to death with confidence, and have one belief fixed in their mind: that a good man cannot be harmed in life or in death.’
      • ‘If the Government and the Minister did have firmly fixed in their minds an objective of improving settlement outcomes, why have we been asked to pass this bill under urgency?’
      • ‘But then, as the idea fixed itself in my mind, it seemed as if it were the only solution.’
      • ‘These stories, or parts thereof, fixed indelibly in my mind.’
      • ‘With that resolution fixed firmly in her mind, she promptly rolled over and was lost again to the musings of her mind.’
      • ‘Derek Ellyson says his memories have already hardened, fixed in his mind.’
      • ‘But before I drifted off I fixed in mind the need to give Freddy a good beating for getting me into deep trouble and then deserting me.’
      • ‘Five declared dead on the scene, more than 60 people wounded, and the horror fixed in the minds of those who were the first to respond.’
      • ‘Whatever the reasons, the idea of a wild man has become fixed in the minds of people throughout history and around the world.’
      • ‘This was grossly unfair, but it fixed an image in the public mind of a parliament that didn't live up to its name.’
      • ‘I had nothing really fixed in my mind; what I'm saying now is all in hindsight.’
      • ‘I am not sure why this idea fixed itself so firmly but experience has borne it out time and again.’
  • 2Direct one's eyes, attention, or mind steadily or unwaveringly toward.

    ‘I fixed my attention on the tower’
    • ‘They looked like bird dogs, their eyes all fixed on the exact same spot in the middle distance.’
    • ‘Rocket man Steve Bennett has the stars firmly fixed in his sights, and this weekend he's giving everyone the opportunity to get in on the excitement.’
    • ‘While Mr Thould - a history teacher himself - recognises the importance of the school's past, he's also got his sights fixed firmly on the future.’
    • ‘You can keep your eyes fixed as firmly on a muddy trail as you can on a four-lane highway, and if you do, your mind will drift just as quickly.’
    • ‘They had their sights fixed firmly on a Connacht title, but they came up against a Mary's outfit that were more determined on the day.’
    • ‘Her gaze was fixed firmly on the ground.’
    • ‘He had the title firmly fixed within his sights and clinched the best of five with 19, then 21 darts.’
    • ‘The bosses have got their sights fixed firmly on global expansion.’
    • ‘Hawk glanced up to where Morgan sat, his gaze now fixed on the ceiling.’
    • ‘Ryan's gaze was fixed intently on her face, a small smile on his lips.’
    • ‘She kept her own eyes fixed firmly on the face of the leader.’
    1. 2.1[no object](of a person's eyes, attention, or mind) be directed steadily or unwaveringly toward.
      ‘her gaze fixed on Jess’
      • ‘His mind fixed only on the dark deed at hand and fulfilling his mission once and for all!’
      • ‘Their gazes fixed on me, trying to interpret the words I'd left unsaid.’
      • ‘Her eyes fixed on a hawk perched above her.’
      • ‘His gaze fixed upon a number written on a piece of paper beside the computer.’
      • ‘If his attention fixes upon the rich and varied foliage of the ancient forest, it is to single out particular specimens of trees and plants.’
      focus, direct, level, point, rivet, train, turn
      attract, draw
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    2. 2.2Attract and hold (a person's attention or gaze)
      ‘their taut relationship fixes your attention’
      • ‘It was the hat that fixed my gaze like a magnet.’
      • ‘Onstage he's the presence that fixes your attention, everything revolving around him.’
      • ‘But it's the center panel of the crucifixion with its shimmering crown of thorns that inevitably fixes one's gaze.’
    3. 2.3Look at someone unwaveringly.
      ‘she fixed her nephew with an unwavering stare’
      • ‘According to a new report, 2-to-5-day-old infants already home in on faces that fix them with a direct gaze and devote less attention to faces with eyes that look to one side.’
      • ‘She fixed him with a glare and he stopped dead in his tracks.’
      • ‘She fixes me with a look, a wonderful mixture of playfulness and provocation.’
      • ‘‘What you doing up so early?’ her mother continued, fixing her with an unblinking stare.’
      • ‘I fixed him with a hard glare that wiped the grin right off his face.’
  • 3Mend; repair.

    ‘you should fix that shelf’
    • ‘The aim is to expand and improve, not to fix or repair what is broken.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman said the company was working flat out to get repairs fixed which were holding up trains and lengthening journeys.’
    • ‘‘We've got to fix it right now!’ she declared resolutely.’
    • ‘‘But…’ he squealed, ‘We can fix it, right?’’
    • ‘As I recall, you also had to get the shower repaired and fix quite a few things, didn't you?’
    • ‘I am at the car repair shop, getting my car fixed.’
    • ‘City of York Council said that broken-down fans in the roof had now been fixed, restoring proper ventilation to the baths.’
    • ‘And, if it's a genuine glitch, I fix it right away.’
    • ‘Sending astronauts up to fix the Hubble Space Telescope in Earth orbit was difficult enough.’
    • ‘A customer can report a dropped call or poor signal quality from a specific location, and the carrier can analyze data and fix the problem that day.’
    • ‘Ministers want the public to offer ideas about what needs fixing, and where the vision should be for the long-term future of schooling.’
    • ‘A leak quickly fixed will save re-painting walls and repairing ceilings.’
    • ‘Some minor problems, such as holes and cracks, can be fixed by filling them with gutter caulk or by using a gutter patching kit.’
    • ‘Serious problems of disrepair are often lurking unseen below the surface, with a backlog of home repairs it is estimated will cost £37 billion to fix.’
    • ‘We're going to get to the truth and then fix what went wrong.’
    • ‘IT support staff waste up to 75 days a year on travelling to off-site locations to physically fix PCs.’
    • ‘On Friday, the company sent out repair technicians, who fixed many of the machines.’
    • ‘From the major problems to the minor ones, all had been completely fixed and solved.’
    • ‘There was about a three-month hiatus, of course, while boats were being fixed and repaired.’
    • ‘Dad is a DIY expert and he fixes anything that needs repairing in a matter of seconds.’
    repair, mend, patch up, put right, put to rights, set right, get working, make as good as new, see to
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    1. 3.1Do the necessary work to improve or adapt something.
      ‘we want to fix up the house before we sell it’
      • ‘‘When we first moved down here I had this idea that we'd be able to fix the house up within six months,’ says Wiese.’
      • ‘He kept the house for only a short time, selling it in 1946 to a fellow called Ed, who planned to fix the place up.’
      • ‘I bought a ‘broken’ computer from a garage sale for ten dollars with a view to fixing it up.’
      • ‘Their last visit was a week long adventure of helping me clean and paint and generally fix my house up when I first moved in.’
      • ‘The landlord said that fixing the house up would be a waste of time and money.’
      • ‘I went to work in the garden, I was slowly fixing the house up, and it helped pass the time while I waited.’
      • ‘They were not far from completion on fixing that building up.’
      • ‘Some houses are still very dilapidated, but new people seem to be moving in all the time and fixing places up.’
      • ‘I had planned to fix the place up when I retired, but retirement isn't what it's like on TV - there's never enough energy, money, or time to do anything drastic.’
      • ‘We seem to have run out of money with which to fix this house up.’
      • ‘I spent every penny I ever made fixing this place up.’
      • ‘I spent too much money buying the house and fixing it up to change it again.’
      • ‘Every time I planned to fix the place up, life got in the way.’
      • ‘Together we fixed it up and created our eco-friendly home with an emphasis on what we dubbed ‘urban farming‘.’
      • ‘If the solution seems like too much hassle, and you get that niggling feeling that you'd never get around to fixing things up, accept it and move on.’
      • ‘The house had been empty for many years, and he was planning to fix it up.’
      • ‘Not to mention the financial cost of fixing things up after these thugs vent their frustrations on other people's property.’
      • ‘She said it was more about fixing up what was there than any major development.’
      • ‘But before the troops could get started on fixing the resort up, they had to make their own staff quarters suitable to live in.’
      • ‘Either way, clearing out the house and helping to fix it up for a potential buyer is beyond me right now.’
    2. 3.2Make arrangements for (something); organize.
      ‘he's sent her on ahead to fix things up’
      ‘I've fixed it for you to see him on Thursday’
      • ‘It can be very difficult fixing things up for young offenders in advance of their release.’
      • ‘The Battalion sailed to Egypt on the Empire Fowey but we were unable to get Minnie a passage on this ship so we fixed for her to follow on HMT Devonshire.’
      • ‘Unlike earlier when I could walk into the shop any time I pleased, I now had to call a receptionist and fix up an appointment.’
      • ‘He fixed for me to have an abortion at a clinic, but my mother came and took me away.’
      • ‘The visit is fixed up, and just in time; 24 hours later his laptop packs in.’
      • ‘He fixed us a taxi to the hotel.’
      • ‘As reported by the Evening Press, Supporters Direct had offered their advice, and a meeting was quickly fixed up.’
      organize, arrange, make arrangements for, plan, fix, sort out, see to, put together, see about
      mastermind, choreograph, orchestrate
      arrange, organize, contrive, sort out, see to, see about
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    3. 3.3North American informal Restore order or tidiness to (something, especially one's hair, clothes, or makeup)
      ‘Laura was fixing her hair’
      • ‘She fixed her makeup and hair, drying it harshly with the blow-dryer.’
      • ‘He is only too happy to feed her, fix her hair and makeup, and dress her in what appears to be his mother's clothing.’
      • ‘Kate brushed her hair and fixed her eye makeup before she went downstairs to join her family in the dining room for her birthday dinner.’
      • ‘Riley changed quickly, brushed her hair and fixed her makeup, then closed the door to her bedroom and waited in her living area.’
      • ‘After we ate, I did my make-up and fixed my hair a little bit.’
      • ‘If you fix your hair and put on makeup and choose your clothes with some care, are you participating in a ritual?’
      • ‘She fluffed her blond hair and fixed her makeup.’
      • ‘It was obvious from the way she tied her long hair back and fixed her clothes that she had other things on her mind.’
      • ‘I gasped and stood up quickly, trying to fix my clothing and hair.’
      • ‘I stood up, fixing myself and cleared my throat.’
      • ‘It was the first day in ages that Rebecca had actually bothered to do her hair, fix her makeup, and put on an outfit that wasn't sweats.’
      • ‘She changed into her school clothes and fixed her hair back into a high ponytail.’
      • ‘I fixed my hair and make-up and then changed into a tank top and a pair of jeans that I had brought from my house.’
      • ‘Mother would be putting on her makeup and fixing her hair.’
      • ‘I spent a long time doing my hair, and fixing my makeup so I could look flawless.’
      • ‘I hurriedly showered, then fixed my hair and make-up.’
      • ‘I fixed my hair and clothes and touched up my concealer and makeup.’
      • ‘I was still fixing my hair and makeup when I heard my door open.’
      • ‘He bowed to her and then stood straight to fix himself.’
      • ‘In junior high, I learned how to apply makeup and fix my hair from my older step-sisters.’
      neaten, arrange, put in order, adjust
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    4. 3.4North American informal Prepare or arrange for the provision of (food or drink)
      [with two objects] ‘they were fixing him breakfast’
      [with two objects] ‘Ruth fixed herself a cold drink’
      • ‘In the kitchen Frank fixed himself a cup of coffee and a piece of buttered toast.’
      • ‘She'd fixed herself a few cups of hot tea, and a piece or two of toast, but had eaten nothing else since breakfast.’
      • ‘There was a plate of untouched scrambled eggs and a glass of orange juice on the table, which led her to guess that he'd fixed himself breakfast but had been unable to eat.’
      • ‘So he went back into the house and fixed himself a big steak, with potatoes, garlic bread and a tall glass of iced tea.’
      • ‘By seven, she was already downstairs in the kitchen, fixing herself a French toast.’
      • ‘He fixed himself some coffee and then got into the shower.’
      • ‘She went down to the kitchen and fixed herself a sandwich, and just as she was about to sit down, the phone rang.’
      • ‘Finally he finished and came out of his bedroom and fixed himself coffee.’
      • ‘I got in, fixed myself a stiff drink and lay on the floor until the shaking died off.’
      • ‘She fixed herself some breakfast and left for school.’
      • ‘He walked down the stairs to the wet bar and fixed himself a drink, then proceeded out to the deck that overlooked the calm Pacific.’
      • ‘At seven, after I fixed myself some rice, the phone rang.’
      • ‘She quietly fixed herself a cup of chamomile tea and sat on the couch, her icy feet curled under her, drinking and thinking.’
      • ‘It was past the time she usually fixed herself a little something for lunch, and her knees were beginning to go rubbery.’
      • ‘After taking a short nap, he went downstairs and fixed himself some cereal and turned on the TV.’
      • ‘Running quietly down the steps, she fixed herself a big breakfast and ate all of it in 5 minutes flat.’
      • ‘We fixed ourselves a snack and went to watch TV in the family room.’
      • ‘Rowena washed the pot and fixed herself a cup of tea.’
      • ‘‘I wish I had never had children,’ she muttered to herself as she fixed herself a drink.’
      • ‘He fixed himself breakfast and took it into the dining room.’
      prepare, cook, make, make ready, put together, get
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    5. 3.5informal Arrange for someone to have something; provide someone with something.
      ‘I'll fix you up with a room’
      • ‘Come out back, and we'll see what we can fix you up with.’
      • ‘Check the weather-stripping around doors and windows, and replace any that are worn - retailers who specialize in doors and windows can fix you up with the proper replacement type for your situation.’
      • ‘I told him that I might be interested in a couple of days fishing, and that I had even thought of taking my wife to Namibia - so he said that he could fix us up with a whole safari, and a couple of days fishing.’
      • ‘The wiry man cried in glee, ‘Yes, we can fix you up with a grant.’’
      • ‘She hoped that we would fix her up with some accommodation.’
      • ‘Now, get yourself down to Wallace on the first floor, he'll fix you up with a cover identity.’
      • ‘In 1979, he settled in Saudi Arabia, where he was fixed up with a splendid seaside villa in the Red Sea port of Jiddah.’
      • ‘Far too old for the part, Valence is fixed up with a wig and copious amounts of make-up.’
      • ‘If you call into the Visitor Centre on the main street through the town they will soon fix you up with a place to suit your budget.’
      • ‘Still, he managed to fix us up with an invitation to Hyde Park to see the Queen.’
      • ‘Oh, those nice people from Reliance have promised to fix us up with a couple of weeks in the sun.’
      provide, supply, furnish, accommodate, equip, endow
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    6. 3.6informal Arrange for someone to meet or go out with someone in order to help them establish a romantic relationship.
      • ‘I wish you wouldn't fix me up with anyone.’
      • ‘Other guests were coming up to me trying to fix me up with their friends.’
      • ‘Its great going clubbing with guys, they all try and fix you up with their mates!’
      • ‘I mean, if you want, Eddie knows this kid Peter he could probably fix you up with.’
      • ‘If he and Adie had been together at one point, why was she so happy to fix him up with someone else?’
      • ‘Have your friends fix you up with that nice guy you've been avoiding and see if you can turn him a little naughty.’
      • ‘Some of them even go to the extent of helping me out by trying to fix me up with some friend or acquaintance of theirs.’
      • ‘We're trying to fix him up with a girlfriend, but so far no luck.’
      • ‘Oh mother, I wish you wouldn't fix me up with that boy.’
      • ‘I asked some of the guys I knew there if there were any decent men they could fix me up with, and they suggested all the guys I already know that I would never date, so then I drank some more.’
      • ‘But even one of the ladies at work was trying to fix me up with one of the younger members of staff.’
      • ‘The next time your aunt tries to fix you up with somebody in her church group, tell her that you already have a boyfriend… in South Africa.’
      • ‘Don't ever fix me up with a blind date, because it's embarrassing.’
      • ‘Leo's a nice boy, and I think my Dad thinks he's going to fix me up with Leo, but he's got no chance.’
      • ‘He and his wife, knowing I'm a single mother, are determined to fix me up with a good husband.’
      • ‘I can fix you up with anyone on the football team, ANYONE, you don't have to go for nerds like that guy.’
      • ‘She smirked, then pointed out, ‘It's safe to say that both of us made assumptions about the other back when we were fixed up.’’
      • ‘Apart from the fact he's hoping I'll fix him up with an Internet date, he seems to think that like him I have brown eyes and black hair.’
    7. 3.7US dialect Be intending or planning to do something.
      ‘you're fixing to get into trouble’
      • ‘Tanner, Kaylee, and Mike were fixing to leave and go fishing.’
      • ‘They were fixing to make some cooked-squid salad.’
      • ‘I was fixing to go with him when she pulled out her cell phone.’
      • ‘Facing huge public pressure, one of the most arrogant of Europe's leaders is fixing to capitulate.’
      • ‘Keeping in good spirits they blamed the unfortunate episode on the ‘socialist’ government for interfering in the market they had been fixing to become trillionaires in.’
      • ‘And when team owner Ray Evernham was asked about the remark, he replied, ‘Maybe I was fixing to get fired, too.’’
      • ‘When I looked up at his face he had that smirk, that's when I knew he was fixing to do something crazy.’
      • ‘I knew exactly what he was fixing to say as he followed me.’
      • ‘After she had bid farewell to Mr. Fisher, who was fixing to leave and go back to town, Ana went to her new room and lay down on the bed.’
      • ‘The sky was gray and it looked as if it were fixing to snow.’
      • ‘Danny reached out and caught her just as she was fixing to hit the floor.’
      • ‘So, one way or another, we'd be fixing to move about now in any case.’
      • ‘Her grandparents were fixing to leave for work, leaving her all alone in the house.’
      • ‘Because at that point it looked to me like it was fixing to blow up.’
      • ‘I sat there for a moment preparing myself for what I was fixing to do.’
      • ‘As Isaac was fixing to go out the door his mother called out to him.’
      • ‘She has her saddle and bridle on as though she was fixing to be ridden out.’
  • 4Decide or settle on (a specific price, date, course of action, etc.)

    ‘no date has yet been fixed for a hearing’
    ‘the rent will be fixed at $600 a month’
    [no object] ‘their thinking then seemed fixed on conventional projects’
    • ‘I am told it is the largest amount that has ever been fixed as a bail condition in this country.’
    • ‘There will be many demands on the council's coffers before the budget is fixed for 2005 / 06.’
    • ‘The other countries which joined the EU did not have any dates fixed in advance.’
    • ‘It is therefore impossible to fix exact proportions, or to establish a list of ingredients which will be appropriate to everyone.’
    • ‘A date was fixed for the work to be carried out but workmen never turned up.’
    • ‘Again, I believe that it will be some months before this retrial can be fixed and we would ask for bail to be given on the same conditions.’
    • ‘After entitlement and scale of costs, if any, is established, a further timetable will be established for fixing the costs of the action.’
    • ‘The ceremony was fixed for two o'clock on a Sunday in the middle of the World Cup season.’
    • ‘For school children it is fixed for October 11 and for the non-governmental organisations it will be October 26.’
    • ‘So it was that a departure date was fixed for October and the and the group, in batches of a few hundred a time went to Liverpool where they were to board the ships that had been chartered to transport them.’
    • ‘When the court resumes a date will have to be fixed for a hearing.’
    • ‘The Taiwanese owners would start scrapping a total of 53 tuna fishing boats from next year if a compensation figure can be fixed, the agency said.’
    • ‘At a case management conference held in July 1999 a trial was fixed for June 2000.’
    • ‘The county final is fixed for Sunday, October 5th.’
    • ‘Suppose, for example, that a scholar tried, as many did, to fix the exact date of Noah's Flood.’
    • ‘The application was fixed for a hearing on 11 June 1998.’
    • ‘The game was fixed for one week after all of the other first round games were played and for the evening before the start of the college examinations on Monday last.’
    • ‘Both football semi-finals are fixed for February 24, but Nemo have been approached about playing the following week to avoid a clash with the Sigerson Cup.’
    • ‘The final is fixed for Sunday, December 8 in Fitzgerald Stadium.’
    • ‘By order dated July 19, 2001 a trial date was fixed for September 16, 2002.’
    decide on, select, choose, resolve on
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    1. 4.1Discover the exact location of (something) by using radar or visual bearings or astronomical observation.
      ‘he fixed his position’
      • ‘An order has just been given to stand in to enable our coast pilot, Cooper, to fix our whereabouts exactly by his knowledge of the land.’
      • ‘When no landmarks or aids to navigation are visible, navigators may use the Sun, the Moon, or other celestial bodies to fix the craft's position.’
      • ‘The American and Filipino artillerymen tried to fix the enemy's position by the use of sound waves, but this method proved too delicate and complicated.’
      • ‘The flight leader watched him go down, fixed his position, and saw that he was alive and in his raft.’
      • ‘Later in the novel, he will use the ‘Earth’ to fix the exact location of his enemies on a flotilla of rafts in the middle of the Pacific ocean.’
      • ‘We have been at the mercy of the storm for days, and the cloud cover still prevents me from fixing our location by the stars.’
    2. 4.2Settle the form of (a language)
      • ‘The members of the Great Assembly fixed the specific language of prayer - not to limit us, but to help guide us toward what we should want out of life.’
      • ‘This translation was also important in helping to fix the dialect used as standard and spread it through England.’
      • ‘It is in the reign of Louis XIV., as has been said, that this eloquence had its greatest splendour, and that the language was fixed.’
      • ‘By aiming at fixing the language, he succeeded in giving the standard of reputable use’
    3. 4.3Assign or determine (a person's liability or responsibility) for legal purposes.
      ‘there are no facts that fix the defendant with liability’
      • ‘One solution to the problem would be to fix liability for malpractice due to inadequate resources on the commissioner rather than the provider.’
      • ‘This is all about fixing legal liability, so it is not a purely philosophical debate.’
      • ‘Lord Wilberforce stated that in order to fix vicarious liability on the owner of a car in such a case as the present, it must be shown that the driver was using it for the owner's own purposes, under delegation of a task or duty.’
      • ‘The inference from these provisional conclusions is that the two local authorities involved are engaged in a struggle to avoid being fixed with responsibility for this awkward case.’
      • ‘The only difference was to try and get in the two extra waybills, which were really to fix liability on the same actual carrier.’
  • 5Make (something) permanent or static in nature.

    ‘the rate of interest is fixed for the life of the loan’
    • ‘This dependency arises because the relationship between self and Other is not fixed, but dialectical.’
    • ‘This distance, however, cannot be fixed, for it is forever subject to a negotiation between past and present.’
    • ‘It will initially be more expensive, but your premium is fixed for the entire term.’
    • ‘Furthermore, once selected, the definition, whatever it is, must be fixed permanently.’
    • ‘The premium is fixed for the entire duration of the policy.’
    • ‘In the first year, the interest rate will be fixed at between 17.5 percent and 18.5 percent.’
    • ‘Often rates are fixed for the first five years, but may then be increased as the insurer sees fit.’
    • ‘What is striking about the interior of this building is that, despite an overall harmony, no lines are straight and nothing is fixed.’
    • ‘Whilst most landlords are well aware of the current situation in farming, many will offer a nominal decrease which will fix the rent for a further three-year period.’
    • ‘Now, he is given less than the time fixed by the Rules of Court.’
    • ‘If the premiums are guaranteed they are fixed for the term of the policy.’
    • ‘It's not like before, where the applications on the phone were fixed and you couldn't change them or add new ones.’
    • ‘The time fixed by the Rules is six months.’
    • ‘Does he agree that the meaning of the Constitution was fixed when it was adopted?’
    • ‘Web sites are dynamic, changing objects that cannot be fixed or ‘owned’ as property.’
    • ‘Some laws may be fixed in stone, like the Ten Commandments - unchanging.’
    1. 5.1Make (a dye, photographic image, or drawing) permanent.
      • ‘She needs only light, photosensitive paper, an object to block the light and chemicals to fix the image afterward.’
      • ‘Washing in water fixes the image in a bright ‘Prussian blue’ or cyan tone.’
      • ‘Light is then projected through a negative onto the paper, and after the paper is washed and fixed, a photographic print remains.’
      • ‘Ultimately, the fate of photography depended on fixing the image so it would not fade or darken.’
      • ‘They gradually perfected the process of drying the grass to fix the image with some degree of permanence.’
      • ‘The next stage of the process is the addition of chemical called a fixer, because it fixes the image permanently in place.’
      • ‘After two minutes, a second bath of acid stops the development process and a third fixes the image, making the paper impervious to future contacts with light.’
      make permanent, make fast, set
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    2. 5.2Biology Preserve or stabilize (a specimen) with a chemical substance prior to microscopy or other examination.
      ‘specimens were fixed in buffered formalin’
      • ‘After air drying the slides were fixed with cold methanol.’
      • ‘Tissue was fixed in ethanol and processed into paraffin blocks.’
      • ‘Sections were fixed with formaldehyde, and embedded in paraffin.’
      • ‘The astronauts chemically fixed the moss cultures before each mission re-entered Earth's atmosphere.’
      • ‘Briefly, slides were fixed in acetone for 5 minutes.’
    3. 5.3(of a plant or microorganism) assimilate (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) by forming a nongaseous compound.
      ‘lupines fix gaseous nitrogen in their root nodules’
      • ‘A central aim of this study was to identify the interval during which deciduous plants fixed more carbon than their evergreen counterparts.’
      • ‘The bacteria supply the pea plants with nitrogen fixed from the air when the soils are deficient in that nutrient.’
      • ‘Both cover crops fix a lot of nitrogen and produce high yields of biomass that serve as organic matter to enrich the soil.’
      • ‘As they grow, green plants and trees fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to tissue.’
      • ‘The fruit were covered with aluminium foil to prevent them from fixing carbon dioxide.’
  • 6informal Influence the outcome of (something, especially a race, contest, or election) by illegal or underhanded means.

    ‘the foundation denies fixing races’
    • ‘This would not be the first time in American history that an election had been fixed.’
    • ‘But then he tried to fix the London mayoral election.’
    • ‘Can we be sure that further individuals or gangs aren't attempting to fix races?’
    • ‘Democracy came in the form of elections that were fixed and manipulated.’
    • ‘All five had been prohibited from attending any racecourse facilities since they were charged with race fixing in March 1999.’
    • ‘He has denied allegations that he fixed football matches.’
    • ‘The cricket fan, who has put in so much time and passion supporting the Indian team, has never been apologised to for all those matches that were fixed all those years.’
    • ‘He denied taking a bribe to fix any of the matches in the triangular series, contested by South Africa, England and Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘When the bet was eventually discovered I was convicted for match fixing in 1965.’
    • ‘The fact is something like 14m bets a week are struck, and if any races have been fixed, there are major repercussions.’
    • ‘If, for one minute, fans think that an outcome has been fixed, our industry has nothing to sell the public.’
    • ‘This might be a result of an agreement between club presidents made in early May that none of them would corrupt referees and attempt to fix matches.’
    • ‘They also asked if he expected the elections to be fixed.’
    • ‘In the same year, he was one of five jockeys arrested as part of an investigation into alleged race fixing, but was later released without charge.’
    • ‘I assume it goes on in all sports and in racing it doesn't really bother me because I don't bet to make money and I don't believe every single race can be fixed.’
    • ‘That evening the referee's bank balance swells with thousands of dollars, his reward for fixing the biggest soccer match in the world for a criminal betting syndicate.’
    • ‘The one-hour show, with allegations of race fixing, betting scams and jockeys mixing with criminals, made headlines on the front and back pages.’
    • ‘In recent times, matches have been fixed, yet no attempt has been made to remove them from the books.’
    • ‘I notice that the Police are questioning a few individuals in an attempt to uncover evidence of race fixing.’
    • ‘Players' movements and activities are so closely monitored that it is hard for anyone to approach or speak to the players, leave alone attempt to fix matches.’
    rig, arrange fraudulently, prearrange the result of, predetermine the result of
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    1. 6.1Put (an enemy or rival) out of action, especially by killing them.
      ‘don't you tell nobody, or I'll fix you good!’
      • ‘This gives priority to the areas where the enemy can be fixed and destroyed, area denial, and information collection.’
      • ‘And so, it is a much more difficult enemy to find and fix.’
      • ‘This will allow us to destroy the lead company as the second enemy is being fixed by the minefield.’
      • ‘By fixing and suppressing the enemy, we allow our own maneuvering element to accomplish its task relatively unmolested.’
      revenge oneself on, get one's revenge on, be revenged on, avenge oneself on, wreak vengeance on, take retribution on, get even with, give someone their just deserts, hit back at, get back at, settle a score with, settle the score with, settle accounts with, take reprisals against, punish, deal with
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  • 7informal [no object] Take an injection of a narcotic drug.

    • ‘She confessed that she had just started fixing herself with Morphine and Pethedine.’
    • ‘The guys like it when the girls can't fix themselves.’
    • ‘She convinced me to fix her for the first time.’
    • ‘He would just present me with a loaded syringe and fix me every time.’
    • ‘I fixed heroin for four years.’
    • ‘A final design issue that was explored was ‘chill out rooms’ where drug users could relax after fixing in the injecting room.’
    inject drugs, take drugs
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  • 8North American Castrate or spay (an animal); neuter.

    • ‘One is a girl and the other is a boy - both are fixed, as is our own cat.’
    • ‘He said all his cats are fixed males and if I have any problems with them to let him know.’
    • ‘Does my one year old female Pomeranian need to get fixed for her to get less aggressive?’
    • ‘My soon to be fixed 6 month old female Boxer has a tenancy to hump for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘The cancers of the reproductive organs are very rare in cats that have been fixed.’
    castrate, neuter, geld, cut, emasculate
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  • 1informal [in singular] A difficult or awkward situation from which it is hard to extricate oneself; a predicament.

    ‘how on earth did you get into such a fix?’
    • ‘Our poor town planner is now in a fix, unable to predict the town's population ten years into the future.’
    • ‘Do not get yourself into the fix I experienced, that of running out of money before finding a job.’
    • ‘Helen's sister Delia is in a bit of a fix herself since being arrested for reckless driving, public endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.’
    • ‘Flexible hours would leave us in a right fix.’
    • ‘Those importing brand new vehicles are in a fix because for them, the cost will be astronomical.’
    • ‘The department was in a fix about the problem, as it had to figure out the exact amount spent by the subscribers.’
    • ‘Anyone who finds themselves in a really difficult fix should contact the organisation - it sounds like it could be a life-saver.’
    • ‘In the past Italian governments got out of this kind of fix by devaluing the lira to stimulate exports and growth, but this option is closed by membership of the euro.’
    predicament, plight, difficulty, difficult situation, awkward situation, spot of trouble, bit of bother, corner, ticklish situation, tricky situation, tight spot
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  • 2informal A dose of a narcotic drug to which one is addicted.

    ‘he hadn't had his fix’
    • ‘Traders claim that drug addicts collecting their daily fixes at a newly-transferred chemist shop are killing Leigh town centre.’
    • ‘He also points to a Dutch pilot project that showed that when addicts know they're going to get their fix, they stop their criminal activity.’
    • ‘I hope he gets a really bad dose of whatever his fix is and never wakes up again.’
    • ‘You won't care who you tread on and hurt en route to your next fix - even your family and closest friends.’
    • ‘This man was a convicted drug addict who had falsified prescriptions to get his fixes.’
    • ‘He needed to have surgery the following morning but Chris couldn't stay in overnight because he needed a fix.’
    • ‘He goes to the bathroom to get his morning drug fix, and falls asleep on the porch with his son in his lap.’
    • ‘The number of daily cocaine fixes ranged from 2 to 30, with a median number of fixes per day being 12.’
    • ‘In some areas nearly all robbery and burglary is drug related to pay for the next fix.’
    • ‘Phil Smith, of Swindon's Threshold Housing Link, believes addicts desperate for a fix will start using more subtle methods of getting cash.’
    • ‘But everyone surfaces wearing the expression of drug addicts who have just acquired a fix.’
    • ‘Consider, then, a person addicted to a drug such as heroin, who is considering whether to obtain some more of the drug for another fix.’
    • ‘If the real victims of drugs are the people who get their houses burgled by addicts desperate for the money for a fix, maybe we should legalise drugs, she suggests.’
    • ‘Neither did he remember landing on the road with a bounce, only to be sifted through and robbed of his watch by a man in search of money for a cocaine fix.’
    • ‘His eyes took on the glazed expression of a drug addict contemplating his next fix.’
    • ‘The road-building programme is like the heroin addict getting his last fix.’
    • ‘At one time my only worry would have been where I'd get my next fix from; today I worry that I won't have enough time to do all of the things that I want to do.’
    • ‘Police say most burglaries are carried out by drug addicts to pay for their next fix.’
    • ‘He may well feel better after a fix, but he's just storing up more problems than it will solve.’
    • ‘I wonder if it's how drug addicts feel when they need a fix.’
    1. 2.1figurative A thing or activity that gives a person a feeling of euphoria or pleasure and that it is difficult to do without.
      ‘that rush of adrenaline that is the fix of the professional newsman’
      • ‘After my weekend fix of toast and a pot of coffee, I went back to bed and slept till noon.’
      • ‘Those who need a daily sugar fix are in luck.’
      • ‘If you are an NFL or College Football junkie, which I am, it won't be hard to get a fix this weekend.’
      • ‘Coca-Cola became my caffeine fix, my hangover cure, my beverage of choice.’
      • ‘I'm usually in Neanderthal mode until I've had my caffeine fix for the morning.’
      • ‘Imaginative and sophisticated workouts are evolving to engage dwindling attention spans or cash in on punters addicted to the endorphin fix.’
      • ‘I have found a new coffee shop to get my daily fix.’
      • ‘Where else, for example, could they get their daily gambling fix?’
      • ‘It was a cold, rainy November day and all I wanted was my daily fix of coffee.’
      • ‘Some nights she'll have a few glasses of wine, and I get my fix from coffee.’
      • ‘If you need a caffeine fix, bring along a Starbucks Double Shot and chocolate.’
      • ‘Then we went to the cafe in Borders bookshop because I was needing a coffee fix.’
      • ‘Few street corners now fail to offer Britain's army of caffeine addicts a fix.’
      • ‘I have been in the heart of the south-west for a few days and not had a chilli fix, and I am now starting to suffer from withdrawal symptoms.’
      • ‘There were, if you can credit it, illegal ‘coffee dens’ where people who were addicted to the stuff would go for their fix.’
      • ‘Usually those were the people who needed a quick nicotine fix between classes.’
      • ‘Stopping a moment to light a cigarette, he inhales, enjoying the nicotine fix.’
      • ‘The caffeine fix is just one aspect of coffee drinking.’
      • ‘He emerged from the booth in need of a large nicotine fix.’
      • ‘One-day cricket is a simple fix - you get to see the ball being hit hard.’
  • 3A measure taken to resolve a problem or correct a mistake; a solution or remedy.

    ‘representatives trying to find cheap fixes to meet their obligations’
    ‘the company is working on a fix but suggests users consider technical workarounds in the meantime’
    • ‘The problem isn't wide spread and I am sure Sharp will issue a fix.’
    • ‘Professor Hood contends that there are no short-term fixes.’
    • ‘System upgrades are particularly important because many of these updates contain vital security fixes.’
    • ‘Sam was right, he hadn't given me an instant fix to my problems, but he had significantly cheered me up simply by treating me as though I were human.’
    • ‘At best, the bill is a very temporary fix to an ongoing problem.’
    • ‘So while expanding opportunities through trade is a good thing for the American economy, it's not going to be a fix for our current problems.’
    • ‘The bad news is that there isn't a simple fix for your problem.’
    • ‘Some of those same users later reported that the issue returned, so a reboot may only be a temporary fix.’
    • ‘If the network is not well managed, increasing the size of the bandwidth will only give you a temporary fix.’
    • ‘They knew there was no short-term, easy fix, there could be no band-aid approach.’
    • ‘We must diagnose first if we have any hope of coming up with a good fix for the problem.’
    • ‘None of this means that there will be an easy fix to the problems created by Katrina.’
    • ‘Is there a fix for our political, economic and moral problems?’
    • ‘The hardware maker is fast at work on a fix for a bug that leaves multiple devices vulnerable to exploits.’
    • ‘We have a short-term fix for the communication problem.’
    • ‘Our team in London is working on a fix!’
    • ‘The company has issued a fix for the problem.’
    • ‘Get your Internet experience in top form this weekend with these simple fixes.’
    • ‘I'll report back if I hear anything about a workaround or fix.’
    • ‘Software is complex and dynamic and that 'simple fix' you put in place last week could have undesired consequences.’
    • ‘I'm afraid that Katherine is seeking an instant fix for her problems and that she might be disappointed if the therapeutic process takes a bit more time.’
    solution, answer, resolution, way out
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  • 4A position determined by visual or radio bearings or astronomical observations.

    • ‘Firstly, it will provide researchers with an estimated position of an animal at any time between GPS fixes.’
    • ‘To find the maximum distance at which the various devices could be relocated, we secured them to weighted shotlines and recorded their position with a GPS fix.’
    • ‘A dead-reckoned position is an approximate one which should be corrected from time to time using an accurate position fix.’
    • ‘GPS position fixes, however, are independent measurements that don't necessarily account for a car's travel along a road network with sharp corners.’
    • ‘If only three satellites are visible, then one dimension, typically the altitude, must be held constant to provide position fixes.’
    • ‘In such environments, too few satellites are visible for a receiver to determine a fix.’
    • ‘It has navigation, communications, and recording systems and can obtain exact position fixes from beacons set in the sea bottom.’
    • ‘The sampling scheme was intended to gather five independent location fixes per week, but ample movement during dispersal sometimes resulted in lower frequencies of fixes.’
    • ‘After another ritual check, Howard determined that he had better not go more than another kilometer before his next position fix.’
    • ‘When a positive fix was not possible, the position was deduced from reckoning (time, speed, and direction).’
    • ‘GPS receivers use the passive, one-way transmissions of signals from the orbiting satellites to determine a position fix.’
  • 5informal [in singular] A dishonest or underhanded arrangement.

    ‘obviously, his appointment was a fix’
    • ‘Partial privatization is the most costly and intellectually dishonest fix of all.’
    • ‘She found it hard to believe a forecast favourable to the Administration wasn't somehow a politically dishonest fix.’
    • ‘I think the whole competition was a fix.’
    • ‘Probably, some awards are a total fix; but prestigious awards cannot be a total fix.’
    fraud, swindle, pretence, hoax, trick, charade, sham
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  • get a fix on

    • 1Determine the position of (something) by visual or radio bearings or astronomical observation.

      • ‘Satellites get a fix on the signal location and forward it to emergency response agencies on land.’
      • ‘Once again, I stood there trying to get a fix on his whereabouts.’
      • ‘They were equipped with technical facilities to get a fix on a target.’
      • ‘The saucer bobs up and down, trying to get a fix on me, then flies away.’
      • ‘You may end up having to tell a human operator where you are if the system cannot get a fix on your phone.’
      • ‘Having set up the software and hardware, I waited a few short moments for the system to get a fix on the GPS satellites.’
      • ‘‘Helm get a fix on our location’ the captain ordered the lieutenant at the navigational station.’
      • ‘Thus, you get a fix on it, and then it disappears, only to resurface much later and a considerable distance away.’
      • ‘It doesn't stop after a minute or two, so I go outside, get a fix on the position, and call 911.’
      • ‘A colleague rushed to locate him with the standard bit of kit, but couldn't get a fix on the man, even though he was just 50 meters away.’
      1. 1.1informal Assess or determine the nature or facts of; obtain a clear understanding of.
        ‘it is hard to get a fix on their ages’
        • ‘What is fascinating is the difficulty in getting a fix on community values.’
        • ‘I really feel as though I've got a fix on what it all means from this half of one book.’
        • ‘The figures I've just shown you don't have anything to do with white collar crime quite obviously, and there are real problems getting a fix on whether white collar crime has grown.’
        • ‘‘The market is a bit dead at the moment, so it's hard to get a fix on the value of the property,’ says Kevin.’
        • ‘These maps are the easiest way to get a fix on what's in the night sky: Simply take a star map, orient the map and yourself to the north, and look up.’
        • ‘Naturally, you are trying to get a fix on this startling turn of fortune.’
        • ‘Scientists involved in modelling climate change are trying to get a fix on how much the ice sheet has melted throughout history.’
        • ‘Something as basic as a graphic showing how growth is going, whether at national or European level, is an instant, relatively easy way to get a fix on how the economy is moving.’
        • ‘So they do research, and interview people, in order to get a fix on just what the story might be.’
        • ‘They also agreed that it's easier to talk about God's love for us and our love for self and neighbor than it is to get a fix on our love for God.’
        understand, comprehend, work out, fathom out, make sense of, grasp, catch, follow, perceive, make out, penetrate, divine, search out, ferret out, puzzle out, take in, assimilate, absorb, get to the bottom of
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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 century.