Definition of fix noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪks//
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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 fix of coffee before I can face the day.
  4. difficult situation
  5. 3[singular] a difficult situation synonym mess We've got ourselves in a fix about this.
  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.
  10. dishonest result
  11. 6[singular] (informal) a thing that is dishonestly arranged; a trick Her promotion was a fix, I'm sure!
  12. Word Originlate Middle English: partly from Old French fix ‘fixed’, partly from medieval Latin fixare ‘to fix’, both from Latin fixus, past participle of figere ‘fix, fasten’. The noun dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples He was like a heroin junkie needing his next fix. How did you get into such a fix? I lent her the money to get her out of a fix. I need my caffeine fix! I was in a fix. The new software incorporates many bug fixes and product improvements. The power cut put us in a fix because we had invited people to dinner. There are no quick or easy fixes. There is no quick fix to the breakdown in negotiations between the two companies. They made a quick fix of part of the problem. my daily fix of coffee This is nothing other than a short-term political fix.
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