American English

Definition of fix verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fix
    he / she / it fixes
    past simple fixed
    -ing form fixing
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  1. 1fix something to repair or correct something The car won't start—can you fix it? I've fixed the problem.
  2. arrange
  3. 2fix something to decide on a date, a time, an amount, etc. for something synonym set Has the date of the next meeting been fixed? They fixed the rent at $600 a month. Their prices are fixed until the end of the year (= will not change before then).
  4. 3to arrange or organize something fix something (for somebody) I'll fix a meeting for all of you next week. fix something up (for somebody) You have to fix visits up in advance with the museum. fix something with something (informal) Don't worry, I'll fix it withSarah. fix it up (for somebody) to do something I've fixed it up (for us) to go to the theater next week.
  5. 4be fixing to do something [intransitive] (rather old-fashioned) (informal) (used in the Southern U.S.) to be preparing to do something or to be thinking about doing something We were fixing to go to the party on Saturday night.
  6. food/drink
  7. 5to provide or prepare something, especially food fix somebody something Can I fix you a drink? fix something for somebody Can I fix a drink for you? fix something I'll fix supper.
  8. hair/face
  9. 6fix something to make something such as your hair or face neat and attractive I'll fix my hair and then I'll be ready.
  10. result
  11. 7[often passive] fix something (informal) to arrange the result of something in a way that is not honest or fair I'm sure the race was fixed.
  12. animal
  13. 8fix something (informal) to make an animal unable to have young, by means of an operation see also neuter
  14. punish
  15. 9fix somebody (informal) to punish someone who has harmed you and stop them from doing you any more harm Don't worry—I'll fix him.
  16. position/time
  17. 10fix something to discover or say the exact position, time, etc. of something We can fix the ship's exact position at the time the fire broke out.
  18. attach
  19. 11fix something (+ adv./prep.) to put something firmly in a place so that it will not move to fix a shelf to the wall to fix a post in the ground (figurative) He noted every detail so as to fix the scene in his mind.
  20. in photography
  21. 12fix something (technology) to treat film for cameras, etc. with a chemical so that the colors do not change or become less bright
  22. Idioms
    fix somebody with a look, stare, gaze, etc.
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    to look directly at someone for a long time He fixed her with an angry stare.
    if it ain't broke, don't fix it (informal)
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    used to say that if something works well enough, it should not be changed
    Phrasal Verbsfix on somebody/somethingfix something on somebody/somethingfix somethingupfix somebody up (with somebody)fix somebody up (with something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fix