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Definition of fix noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] (informal) a solution to a problem, especially an easy or temporary one There is no quick fix for the steel industry.
  2. drug
  3. 2[singular] (informal) an amount of something that you need and want frequently, especially an illegal drug such as heroin to get yourself a fix I need a coffee fix before I can face the day.
  4. difficult situation
  5. 3[singular] a difficult situation synonym mess We've really gotten ourselves into a fix this time.
  6. on position
  7. 4[singular] the act of finding the position of a ship or an aircraft They managed to get a fix on the yacht's position.
  8. understanding
  9. 5[singular] (informal) an act of understanding something He tried to get a fix on the young man's motives, but he just couldn't understand him.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fix