- fix1 W2S2 [fıks] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(repair)¦2¦(limit)¦3 fix a time/date/place etc4¦(arrange)¦5¦(attach)¦6¦(prepare food)¦7¦(solve)¦8 fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on somebody/something9 fix somebody with a stare/glare/look etc10¦(hair/face)¦11¦(cat/dog)¦12¦(result)¦13¦(paintings/photographs)¦14¦(punish)¦15 be fixing to do somethingPhrasal verbsfix on somebody/somethingfix 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 note ↑repair12.) ¦(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 etcto 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 permanentlyfix 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/sthto 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 etcliterary 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= ↑neuter12.) ¦(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.13.) ¦(PAINTINGS/PHOTOGRAPHS)¦ [T]technical to use a chemical process on paintings, photographs etc that makes the colours or images permanent14.) ¦(PUNISH)¦ [T] informalused 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 sthAmE 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 vto 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 v1.) 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 wantfix somebody/something<=>up with▪ Can you fix me up with a bed for the night?4.) to find a suitable romantic partner for someonefix somebody/something<=>up with▪ I asked my best friend to fix me up with someone.fix 2fix2 n1.)something that solves a problem▪ Robinson called the proposal a quick fix (=a temporary or easy solution) of limited value.2.) (be) in a fixto 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/stha) 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.