From Middle English fixen, borrowed from Old French *fixer (attested only as ficher, fichier; > English fitch), from fixe (“fastened; fixed”), from Latin fīxus (“immovable; steady; stable; fixed”), from fīgere (“to drive in; stick; fasten”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeygʷ- (“to jab; stick; set”). Related to dig.
fix (plural fixes)
- A repair or corrective action.
- A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.
- (informal) A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.
- A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
- A determination of location.
- (US) fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)
fix (third-person singular simple present fixes, present participle fixing, simple past and past participle fixt or fixed)
- (transitive, obsolete) To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix.
- (transitive, by extension) (Of a piercing look) to direct at someone.
- (transitive) To attach; to affix; to hold in place or at a particular time.
- (transitive, figuratively, usually in the passive) To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate.
- (transitive) To mend, to repair.
- (transitive, informal) To prepare (food).
- (transitive) To make (a contest, vote, or gamble) unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion
- (transitive, US, informal) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.
- (transitive, mathematics, sematics) To map a (point or subset) to itself.
- (transitive, informal) To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.
- (transitive) To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.
- (transitive, chemistry, biology) To convert into a stable or available form.
- (intransitive) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
- (intransitive) To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.