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fix

verb uk   us   /fɪks/

fix verb (REPAIR)

B1 [T] to repair something: They couldn't fix my old computer, so I bought a new one.
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fix verb (ARRANGE)

B2 [I or T] mainly UK to arrange or agree a time, place, price, etc.: Shall we fix a time for our next meeting? I understand the rent is fixed at £750 a month.
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fix verb (FASTEN)

B2 [T + adv/prep] to fasten something in position so that it cannot move: We fixed the bookcase to the wall.
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fix verb (SIGHT)

C2 [T] to keep something or someone in sight: His eyes were fixed on the distant yacht. She fixed the child with a stare of such disapproval he did not dare move.

fix verb (KEEP)

[T usually + adv/prep] to continue to think about or remember something: It is somehow fixed in my mind that my fate and that woman's are intertwined. She was so frightened that she could not fix her thoughts on anything.

fix verb (CHEAT)

[T often passive] to do something dishonest to make certain that a competition, race, or election is won by a particular person: Several jockeys were arrested on suspicion of fixing the race. It sounds like the election was fixed.

fix verb (HAIR/MAKE-UP/CLOTHES)

B1 [T] to make your hair, make-up, clothes, etc. look tidy: Give me a couple of minutes while I fix my hair.

fix verb (PREPARE FOOD)

B2 [T] mainly US informal to cook or prepare food or drink: Whose turn is it to fix dinner? [+ two objects] Can I fix you a drink?/Can I fix a drink for you?

fix verb (PUNISH)

[T] UK slang to punish especially someone who has been unfair: I'm gonna fix her if she doesn't stop telling lies about me!

fix verb (PRESERVE COLOURS)

[T] specialized art to treat something, especially photographic material, with chemicals to prevent its colours becoming pale

fix verb (STOP REPRODUCTION)

[T] US informal to remove the reproductive organs of an animal so that it is unable to produce young animals

fix verb (DRUG)

[I] slang to inject (= put into the body through a needle) an illegal drug: We saw kids as young as twelve fixing in doorways.
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fix

noun uk   us   /fɪks/

fix noun (CHEAT)

[C usually singular] a situation in which someone does something dishonest to make certain that a competition, race, or election is won by a particular person: The result was a fix!

fix noun (AWKWARD SITUATION)

[C usually singular] informal an awkward or difficult situation: I'm in a bit of a fix with the arrangements.

fix noun (DRUG)

[C] slang an amount of an illegal drug, or of another substance that has an effect on someone: He was shaking badly and needed a fix.humorous Ginny needs her daily fix of chocolate.

fix noun (POSITION)

[C] (the calculation of) the position of a vehicle, usually in relation to the Earth: Do we still have a fix on that jet?
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