Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: fixus, past participle of figere 'to fasten'


1 verb
fix1 S2 W2


[transitive] 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 usage note repair1


a) to decide on a limit for something, especially prices, costs etc, so that they do not change [= set]
fix 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.

fix a time/date/place etc

to decide on a particular time etc when something will happen:
Have you fixed a date for the wedding yet?


also fix up [intransitive and transitive] 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.


[transitive] to attach something firmly to something else, so that it stays there permanently
fix something to/on something
The shelves should be fixed to the wall with screws.

prepare food

[transitive] informal especially American English to prepare a meal or drinks [= 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.


[transitive] to find a solution to a problem or bad situation:
The government seems confident that environmental problems can be fixed.

fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on somebody/something

to think about or look at someone or something carefully:
Aziz tried to fix his mind on the job at hand.
Every eye was fixed on the new girl.

fix somebody with a stare/glare/look etc

literary to look directly at someone for a long time:
Rachel fixed him with an icy stare.


[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.


[transitive] American English informalDHP to do a medical operation on a cat or dog so that it cannot have babies [= neuter]


[transitive] 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.


[transitive]AVPTCP technical to use a chemical process on paintings, photographs etc that makes the colours or images permanent


[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.

be fixing to do something

American English spoken to be preparing to do something - used in some parts of the US:
I'm fixing to go to the store. Do you need anything?

fix on somebody/something

phrasal verb
to choose a suitable thing or person, especially after thinking about it carefully:
We've finally fixed on a place to have the concert.

fix somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to arrange a meeting, event etc:
I fixed up an interview with him.
We'll have to fix up a time to meet.
2 to decorate or repair a room or building [= do up]:
We fixed up the guest bedroom before he came to stay.
3 to provide someone with something they want
fix somebody/something ↔ up with
Can you fix me up with a bed for the night?
4 to find a suitable romantic partner for someone
fix somebody/something ↔ up with
I asked my best friend to fix me up with someone.

repair, fix, mend
Repair is slightly more formal than fix or mend. You can repair anything that is broken or damaged, or has a hole in it He repairs old furniture. It cost too much to get the car repaired. The roof needs repairing in a few places. In British English, fix and mend have the same meaning, but people more often use fix to talk about repairing a machine, vehicle etc and mend to talk about repairing holes in clothes, roads, roofs, and fences.In American English, mend is usually only used to talk about repairing things with holes in them, especially clothes and shoes.See also repair