fix1 W2S2 [fıks] v
3 fix a time/date/place etc
6¦(prepare food)¦
8 fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on somebody/something
9 fix somebody with a stare/glare/look etc
15 be fixing to do something
Phrasal verbs
 fix on somebody/something
 fix somebody/something<=>up
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: fixus, past participle of figere 'to fasten']
1.) ¦(REPAIR)¦ [T]
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 noterepair1
2.) ¦(LIMIT)¦ [T]
a) to decide on a limit for something, especially prices, costs etc, so that they do not change
= ↑set fix sth at sth
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.
3.) 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?
4.) ¦(ARRANGE)¦ also fix up [I and T]
spoken to make arrangements for something
'So when do I get to meet them?' 'Tomorrow, if I can fix it.'
fix (it) for sb to do sth
I've fixed for you to see him this afternoon at four.
5.) ¦(ATTACH)¦ [T]
to attach something firmly to something else, so that it stays there permanently
fix sth to/on sth
The shelves should be fixed to the wall with screws.
6.) ¦(PREPARE FOOD)¦ [T]
informal especially AmE to prepare a meal or drinks
= ↑get
I'll watch the kids and you fix dinner .
fix sb sth
Can I fix you a snack?
Terry fixed herself a cold drink and sat out on the balcony.
7.) ¦(SOLVE)¦ [T]
to find a solution to a problem or bad situation
The government seems confident that environmental problems can be fixed.
8.) fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on sb/sth
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.
9.) fix sb with a stare/glare/look etc
literary to look directly at someone for a long time
Rachel fixed him with an icy stare.
10.)¦(HAIR/FACE)¦ [T]
especially AmE 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.
11.) ¦(CAT/DOG)¦ [T]
AmE informal to do a medical operation on a cat or dog so that it cannot have babies
= ↑neuter
12.) ¦(RESULT)¦ [T]
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.
technical to use a chemical process on paintings, photographs etc that makes the colours or images permanent
14.) ¦(PUNISH)¦ [T] informal
used to say that you will punish someone you are angry with
If anybody did that to me, I'd fix him good.
15.) be fixing to do sth
AmE 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 / [fix on sb/sth] phr v
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 up [fix sb/sth<=>up] phr v
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 my parents 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.
fix 2
fix2 n
something that solves a problem
Robinson called the proposal a quick fix (=a temporary or easy solution) of limited value.
2.) (be) in a fix
to have a problem that is difficult to solve
= ↑(be) in a mess
We're going to be in a real fix if we miss that bus.
That's put us in a fix.
3.) [singular]
an amount of something, especially an illegal drug such as ↑heroin, that you often use and badly want
addicts looking for a fix
I need my fix of caffeine in the morning or I can't think.
4.) get a fix on sb/sth
a) to find out exactly where someone or something is
He peered out, trying to get a fix on the enemy's position.
b) to understand what someone or something is really like
I couldn't seem to get a fix on the situation.
5.) [singular]
something that has been dishonestly arranged
People think the election was a fix.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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