fix
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fixus, past participle of figere to fasten; akin to Lithuanian dygti to sprout, break through Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. 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 fastenfixable 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.

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