Definition of


  1. (noun, state) informal terms for a difficult situation
    he made a muddle of his marriage
  2. (noun, act) something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug
  3. (noun, act) the act of putting something in working order again
  4. (noun, act) an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear
  5. (noun, act) a determination of the place where something is
  6. (verb, change) restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
    Repair my shoes please
  7. (verb, contact) cause to be firmly attached
    she fixed her gaze on the man
  8. (verb, communication) decide upon or fix definitely
    specify the parameters
  9. (verb, creation) prepare for eating by applying heat
    can you make me an omelette?
    fix breakfast for the guests, please
  10. (verb, competition) take vengeance on or get even
    That'll fix him good!
    This time I got him
  11. (verb, creation) set or place definitely
  12. (verb, change) kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
  13. (verb, change) make fixed, stable or stationary
  14. (verb, body) make infertile
  15. (verb, social) influence an event or its outcome by illegal means
  16. (verb, contact) put (something somewhere) firmly
    deposit the suitcase on the bench
    fix your eyes on this spot
  17. (verb, change) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    prepare for war
    I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill

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Alternate forms of Fix

Derivations: fix, fixer, fixing, fixture

Hyponyms: alter, anchor, band aid, bandage, bar, belay, belt, berth, bight, bind, bitt, brace, brad, brooch, buckle, bury, button, cable, care, cast anchor, castrate, cement, chain, chock, cinch, clamp, clasp, cleat, clinch, coapt, cobble, concoct, cook up, cram, cramp, crank, crop, cultivate, darn, darning, define, deglaze, demasculinise, demasculinize, deposit, devil, dog's breakfast, dog's dinner, dress, dress out, drop anchor, echo sounding, echolocation, emasculate, entrench, escallop, fiddle, fill, fix, flambe, garter, girth, ground, grout, hang, hang up, hasp, heel, hook, intrench, joggle, joint, keep, lard, latch, lay out, lock, lock up, lodge, maintenance, moor, mount, name, neuter, noose, patch, patch up, patching, picket, piece, pin, point, poise, precondition, precook, preserve, prime, provide, put on, quantify, quick fix, quickie, quicky, reconstruction, reheel, repoint, reset, resole, restitution, restoration, revamp, rig, rivet, rope up, run up, scallop, sediment, set, set up, sew, sew together, socialise, socialize, sole, spay, spike, stake, staple, stay, stick, stitch, strap, string, summerise, summerize, tack, tie, tie up, tinker, toggle, trouble-shoot, troubleshoot, upkeep, vamp, vasectomise, vasectomize, velcro, wedge, whip up, whomp up, winterise, winterize, wire, work, zip, zip up, zipper

Hypernyms: act upon, alter, ameliorate, amend, attach, better, change, choose, constitute, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, determination, difficulty, establish, exemption, finding, fix, found, gear up, get back, get even, granting immunity, immunity, improve, improvement, influence, institute, intravenous injection, lay, meliorate, modify, operate, operate on, pick out, place, plant, pose, position, prepare, put, ready, select, set, set up, take, work

Origin of the word Fix

  1. late 14c., probably from O.Fr. *fixer, from fixe "fixed," from L. fixus, pp. of figere "to fix, fasten," from PIE base *dhigw- "to stick, to fix." Earliest Eng. usage was to "fix" one's eyes or mind on something; sense of "fasten, attach" is c.1400; that of "settle, assign" is pre-1500 and evolved into "adjust, arrange" (1660s), then "repair" … more

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