Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fixus, past participle of figere to fasten; akin to Lithuanian dygti to sprout, break through
Date: 14th century
a. to make firm, stable, or stationary
b. to give a permanent or final form to: as
(1) to change into a stable compound or available form <bacteria that fix nitrogen> (2) to kill, harden, and preserve for microscopic study (3) to make the image of (a photographic film) permanent by removing unused salts c. affix, attach 2. a. to hold or direct steadily <fixes his eyes on the horizon> b. to capture the attention of <fixed her with a stare> 3. a. to set or place definitely ; establish b. to make an accurate determination of ; discover <fixing our location on the chart> c. assign <fix the blame> 4. to set in order ; adjust 5. to get ready ; prepare <fix lunch> 6. a. repair, mend <fix the clock> b. restore, cure <the doctor fixed him up> c. spay, castrate 7. a. to get even with b. to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods <the race had been fixed> intransitive verb 1. to become firm, stable, or fixed 2. to get set ; be on the verge <we're fixing to leave soon> 3. to direct one's attention or efforts ; focus; also decide, settle — usually used with on <had fixed on the first Saturday in June> Synonyms: see fasten • fixable adjective II. noun Date: 1809 1. a position of difficulty or embarrassment ; predicament 2. a. the position (as of a ship) determined by bearings, observations, or radio; also a determination of one's position b. an accurate determination or understanding especially by observation or analysis 3. an act or instance of improper or illegal fixing <the fix was in> 4. a supply or dose of something strongly desired or craved <a coffee fix>; especially a shot of a narcotic 5. fixation 6. something that fixes or restores ; solution <an easy fix>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.