fixfix1 /fɪks/ ●●●S2W2 verb1repair [transitive]REPAIR to repair something that is broken or not working properlyHe’s outside fixing the brakes on the car.Ellis was able to quickly find and fix the problem.► see thesaurus at repair2limit [transitive]LIMITa)to decide on a limit for something, especially prices, costs etc, so that they do not changeSYN setfix something at somethingThe 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 illegalThe government accused the two companies of fixing petrol prices.3 →fix a time/date/place etc4arrange (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 somethingI’ve fixed for you to see him this afternoon at four.5attach [transitive]ATTACH to attach something firmly to something else, so that it stays there permanentlyfix something to/on somethingThe shelves should be fixed to the wall with screws.6prepare food [transitive] informal especially American EnglishCOOK to prepare a meal or drinksSYN getI’ll watch the kids and you fix dinner.fix somebody somethingCan I fix you a snack?Terry fixed herself a cold drink and sat out on the balcony.► see thesaurus at cook7solve [transitive] to find a solution to a problem or bad situationThe 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 etc10hair/face [transitive] especially American EnglishDCB to make your hair or make-up look neat and attractiveWho fixed your hair for the wedding?Hold on. Let me just fix my face (=put on make-up) before we go out.11cat/dog [transitive] American English informalDHP to do a medicaloperation on a cat or dog so that it cannot have babiesSYN neuter12result [transitive]CHEAT to arrange an election, game etc dishonestly, so that you get the result you wantMany suspected that the deal had been fixed in advance.13paintings/photographs [transitive]AVPTCP technical to use a chemical process on paintings, photographs etc that makes the colours or imagespermanent14punish [transitive] informal used to say that you will punish someone you are angry withIf 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
fixfix2 noun1[countable] something that solves a problemRobinson 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 wantaddicts looking for a fixI 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 arrangedPeople think the election was a fix.
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fix• The streets are filled with drug addicts looking for a fix.• His was a never-endingsearch for a fix.• The election was a fix!• Supporters of the losing teamprotested that the whole thing was a fix.• I need to have my coffeefix in the morning before I speak to anyone.• With luck, one could hope to get a longitudefix once a year by this technique.• Nor is a quickmonetaryfixavailable.• And there are even a couple of fixes that failed.• One technologicalfix for this problem is to fit carousels on to the weldingmachines.• 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 coalindustry.• This, therefore, is a quick fixBill.• 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 managementguru of the month.From King 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.Originfix1(1400-1500)Latinfixus, past participle of figere“to fasten”