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  1. fix
    IPA[fiks]
  2. verb

    • 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 he turned back to fix the scene in his mind
    • 2. direct one's eyes, mind, or attention steadily or unwaveringly toward:

      I fixed my attention on the tower
    • 3. (of a person's eyes, attention, or mind) be directed steadily or unwaveringly toward:

      her gaze fixed on Jess
    • 4. look at someone unwaveringly:

      she fixed her nephew with an unwavering stare
    • 5. decide 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 their thinking then seemed fixed on conventional projects
    • 6. establish the exact location of (something) by using radar or visual bearings or astronomical observation:

      having made landfall, he fixed his position
    • 7. settle the form of (a language).

    • 8. assign or determine (a person's liability or responsibility) for legal purposes:

      there are no facts that fix the defendant with liability
    • 9. mend or repair:

      you should fix that shelf
      Synonym : repair, mend, patch up, put right, put to rights, set right, get working, make as good as new, see to, restore, restore to working order, remedy, rectify, put back together, overhaul, service, renovate, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, refit, adjust, fettle
    • 10. do the necessary work to improve or adapt something:

      we want to fix up the house before we sell it
    • 11. restore order or tidiness to (something, especially one's hair, clothes, or makeup):

      Laura was fixing her hair
      Synonym : neaten, arrange, put in order, adjust, style, groom, comb, brush, preen, primp, dress, do
    • 12. make arrangements for (something); organize:

      I've fixed it for you to see him on Thursday he's sent her on ahead to fix things up
      Synonym : arrange, organize, contrive, sort out, see to, see about, manage, engineer, orchestrate, find a way, swing, wangle, pull strings
    • 13. arrange for someone to have something; provide someone with something:

      I'll fix you up with a room
    • 14. arrange for someone to meet or go out with someone in order to help them establish a romantic relationship.

    • 15. prepare or arrange for the provision of (food or drink):

      Ruth fixed herself a cold drink they were fixing him breakfast
      Synonym : prepare, cook, make, make ready, put together, get, rustle up, knock up
    • 16. be intending or planning to do something:

      you're fixing to get into trouble
    • 17. make (a dye, photographic image, or drawing) permanent:

      he perfected a process of fixing a photographic likeness on a silver plate
      Synonym : make permanent, make fast, set
    • 18. preserve or stabilize (a specimen) with a chemical substance prior to microscopy or other examination:

      specimens were fixed in buffered formalin
    • 19. (of a plant or microorganism) assimilate (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) by forming a nongaseous compound:

      lupins fix gaseous nitrogen in their root nodules
    • 20. influence the outcome of (something, especially a race, contest, or election) by illegal or underhanded means:

      the foundation denies fixing races
      Synonym : rig, arrange fraudulently, prearrange/predetermine the result of, tamper with, manipulate, maneuver, twist, influence, set up, fiddle
    • 21. put (an enemy or rival) out of action, especially by killing them:

      don't you tell nobody, or I'll fix you good!
      Synonym : 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 the/a score with, settle accounts with, take reprisals against, punish, deal with, get one's own back on, pay someone back/out, give someone their comeuppance, sort someone out, settle someone's hash, cook someone's goose
    • 22. take an injection of a narcotic drug.

      Synonym : inject drugs, take drugs, shoot up, mainline, get one's fix
    • 23. castrate or spay (an animal); neuter.

      Synonym : castrate, neuter, geld, cut, emasculate, spay, desex, sterilize, alter, doctor, evirate, caponize, eunuchize

    noun

    • 1. 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?
      Synonym : predicament, plight, difficulty, difficult situation, awkward situation, spot of trouble, bit of bother, corner, ticklish/tricky situation, tight spot, muddle, mess, mare's nest, quandary, dilemma, dire straits, pickle, jam, hole, spot, scrape, bind, pinch, sticky situation, hot water, the soup
    • 2. a dose of a narcotic drug to which one is addicted:

      he hadn't had his fix
      Synonym : dose, hit, rush
    • 3. 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
    • 4. a measure taken to resolve a problem or correct a mistake; a solution or remedy:

      the company is working on a fix but suggests users consider technical workarounds in the meantime representatives trying to find cheap fixes to meet their obligations
    • 5. a position determined by visual or radio bearings or astronomical observations:

      the radio operator received the distress call and calculated the fix
    • 6. a dishonest or underhanded arrangement:

      obviously, his appointment was a fix
      Synonym : fraud, swindle, pretense, hoax, trick, charade, sham, setup, scam, con trick, sting, fiddle
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: fix, plural noun: fixes

    • v.: verb: fix, 3rd person present: fixes, gerund or present participle: fixing, past tense: fixed, past participle: fixed

    • verb

      fasten (something) securely in a particular place or position:

      direct one's eyes, mind, or attention steadily or unwaveringly towards:

    • noun

      a difficult or awkward situation from which it is hard to extricate oneself; a predicament:

      a dose of a narcotic drug to which one is addicted:

    • noun

      the process of deciding or planning something:

      apparatus or equipment for a particular purpose:

    • adjective

      fastened securely in position:

      (of a person's expression) held for a long time without changing, especially to conceal other feelings:

    • noun

      the action of fastening something in place:

      screws, bolts, or other items used to fasten or assemble building material, furniture, or equipment:

    • adjective

      fastened securely in position:

      (of a person's expression) held for a long time without changing, especially to conceal other feelings:

    • noun

      a determination of one's position made by taking bearings at different times and allowing for the distance covered in the meantime.
    • noun

      an easy remedy or solution, especially a temporary one which fails to address underlying problems:
    • noun

      a correction to a bug in a computer program or system:
    • verb

      (in sport) dishonestly determine the outcome of a specific part of (a match or game) before it is played:
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