From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfixfix1 /fɪks/ ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 repair [transitive]REPAIR to repair something that is broken or not working properly He’s outside fixing the brakes on the car. Ellis was able to quickly find and fix the problem.► see thesaurus at repair2 limit [transitive]LIMIT a) to decide on a limit for something, especially prices, costs etc, so that they do not change SYN setfix something at something The interest rate has been fixed at 6.5%. Rent was fixed at $1,750 per month. b) if two or more companies fix the price for a particular product or service, they secretly agree on the price they will charge for it, in order to keep the price high and make more profit. This practice is illegal The government accused the two companies of fixing petrol prices.3 → fix a time/date/place etc4 arrange (also fix up) [intransitive, transitive]ARRANGE A MEETING, EVENT ETC spoken to make arrangements for something ‘So when do I get to meet them?’ ‘Tomorrow, if I can fix it.’fix (it) for somebody to do something I’ve fixed for you to see him this afternoon at four.5 attach [transitive]ATTACH to attach something firmly to something else, so that it stays there permanentlyfix something to/on something The shelves should be fixed to the wall with screws.6 prepare food [transitive] informal especially American EnglishCOOK to prepare a meal or drinks SYN get I’ll watch the kids and you fix dinner.fix somebody something Can I fix you a snack? Terry fixed herself a cold drink and sat out on the balcony.► see thesaurus at cook 7 solve [transitive] to find a solution to a problem or bad situation The government seems confident that environmental problems can be fixed.8 → fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on somebody/something9 → fix somebody with a stare/glare/look etc10 hair/face [transitive] especially American EnglishDCB to make your hair or make-up look neat and attractive Who fixed your hair for the wedding? Hold on. Let me just fix my face (=put on make-up) before we go out.11 cat/dog [transitive] American English informalDHP to do a medical operation on a cat or dog so that it cannot have babies SYN neuter12 result [transitive]CHEAT to arrange an election, game etc dishonestly, so that you get the result you want Many suspected that the deal had been fixed in advance.13 paintings/photographs [transitive]AVPTCP technical to use a chemical process on paintings, photographs etc that makes the colours or images permanent 14 punish [transitive] informal used to say that you will punish someone you are angry with If anybody did that to me, I’d fix him good.15 → be fixing to do something → fix on somebody/something → fix somebody/something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusfix• If you ask me, the whole thing was fixed.• Many people believe that the outcome of wrestling matches are fixed.• The project has finally been approved and they budget has been fixed.• Interest rates for savings accounts have been fixed at 7% for the rest of the year.• I must get my camera fixed before we go to France.• He was convicted of fixing college basketball games in the 1950s.• I'll fix her! Just you wait!• His father was growing short-tempered as one interview after another proved to be fixed in some one else's favour.• As soon as you've fixed it, drop a note to your boss and tell him what you've done.• If the tooth is loosened in its socket, modern dental surgery may be able to fix it to adjacent teeth.• If you want a chance to meet the Senator, I can fix it.• I have to fix lunch now.• Let me fix my hair first and then we can go.• The doctors don't know if they can fix my kneecap.• The roof was to be of copper, and that decision automatically fixed one of the colors.• I'll need to fix the boat before we can go out in it.• He fixed the lamp to the wall above the bed with a couple of screws.• Gale waited while Seldon fixed the projector.• They disconnected the gas, and fixed the water heater to an outside wall.• I tried to fix them on the door, but they wouldn't stay.• I don't think it's fixed to the ceiling very securely.• The chairs and tables were fixed to the floor.• He had hoped to switch from a 8. 25 percent adjustable to a 15-year fixed under 7. 5 percent.• If you're hungry, I can fix you some scrambled eggs.fix (it) for somebody to do something• Sunday was the only day when Joan's routine was sufficiently fixed for me to know what she was doing.fix something to/on something• We fixed the shelves to the wall with steel bolts. fix somebody something• Sit down. I'll fix you a martini.fix ... face• He pulled cautiously on my coat, his eyes fixed on my face.• Terry was in the bathroom, fixing her face.• It felt as if it was fixed on my face for ever.fixfix2 noun 1 [countable] something that solves a problem Robinson called the proposal a quick fix (=a temporary or easy solution) of limited value.2 → (be) in a fix3 [singular]MDD an amount of something, especially an illegal drug such as heroin, that you often use and badly want addicts looking for a fix I need my fix of caffeine in the morning or I can’t think.4 → get a fix on somebody/something5 [singular]CHEAT something that has been dishonestly arranged People think the election was a fix.
Examples from the Corpusfix• The streets are filled with drug addicts looking for a fix.• His was a never-ending search for a fix.• The election was a fix!• Supporters of the losing team protested that the whole thing was a fix.• I need to have my coffee fix in the morning before I speak to anyone.• With luck, one could hope to get a longitude fix once a year by this technique.• Nor is a quick monetary fix available.• And there are even a couple of fixes that failed.• One technological fix for this problem is to fit carousels on to the welding machines.• This book assesses the technological fix for the muddle left by downsizing and reengineering.• Oh, the fix, the fix!• Some one is trying to put the fix on him - whoever they are they're not getting help from me.quick fix• I do not believe that there is a quick fix for the coal industry.• This, therefore, is a quick fix Bill.• It is better to strive for slow and gradual, but substantial, progress than a quick fix that may be ephemeral.• A quick fix clearly becomes unfixed.• Exercise is usually the best quick fix.• There are no quick fixes that enable work-inhibited students to become academically competent.• There will be no quick fix for the San Francisco Giants.• More often, we opted for the quick fix or the solution offered by the management guru of the month.From Longman Business Dictionaryfixfix1 /fɪks/ verb [transitive]1informal to repair somethingWe had to fix some computer problems.It will cost millions of dollars tofix the system.2to decide on a level, value etc for somethingIt is very difficult to fix an offer price several weeks in advance.fix atThe interest rate has been fixed at 6.5%.3 (also fix up) to make arrangements for somethingThey agreed to fix a time for the interview.Mike wants to fix up a meeting with you.4to arrange something dishonestly in order to get the result you wantWe suspected that the deal had been fixed in advance.→ See Verb tablefixfix2 noun1[countable] something that has been dishonestly arrangedAllegations of a fix were not proven.Obviously his appointment was a fix.2[countable] a solution to a problem, especially if the solution is temporaryThey do not want aquick fix, they want a resolution of the issues.Is there a fix for the suffering Caribbean economy?3[countable]COMPUTING a solution to a computer software problemDo not apply this fix if you are running a Power PC Mac.The bug fixes in previous versions of the software are also included in the current update.4get a fix on somebody/something to understand what someone or something is really likeInvestors are trying to get a fix on Sony’s future.Origin fix1 (1400-1500) Latin fixus, past participle of figere “to fasten”