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"fix" in American English

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fixverb [T]

us   /fɪks/
  • fix verb [T] (REPAIR)

to repair or adjust something: I’ll fix that broken chair today.
  • fix verb [T] (ARRANGE)

to arrange or put in place: I need to fix my hair.
To fix something such as a race or game or an election is to illegally arrange who will win.
  • fix verb [T] (CHOOSE)

to choose a time or place to do something: Let’s fix a date for our next meeting.
  • fix verb [T] (ATTACH)

to attach in order to keep in one place: Fix the shelf to the wall with screws. I tried to fix the directions in my mind.
  • fix verb [T] (PUNISH)

to hurt or punish someone: I’ll fix you if you come around here taking vegetables from my garden again!
  • fix verb [T] (PREPARE FOOD)

to cook or prepare food or drink: Will you fix dinner?
  • fix verb [T] (STOP REPRODUCTION)

to remove an organ an animal needs to reproduce: We had our cat fixed.

fixnoun

us   /fɪks/
  • fix noun (BAD SITUATION)

[C usually sing] a situation causing trouble or problems: He’s in a fix and needs our help.
  • fix noun (AMOUNT)

[C] slang an amount of a something that someone needs: The website supplies me my daily fix of rock and roll facts.
(Definition of fix from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"fix" in British English

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fixverb

uk   /fɪks/ 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 (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 (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?
Phrasal verbs

fixnoun

uk   /fɪks/ 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!
(Definition of fix from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fix" in Business English

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fixverb [T]

uk   /fɪks/ us  
to repair something or solve a problem: They have fixed the bugs in the software. A restaurant would have 48 hours to fix the problem or the place could be shut down.
mainly UK also fix up MEETINGS to arrange a time and place for an event such as a meeting: You should fix an appointment with your bank manager. I fixed up a meeting with this very powerful person at the BBC.fix a day/time/place (for sth) The court will fix another day for the hearing.
to agree on a price, level, etc. for something and keep it at that price or level: Customers can fix the amount they pay each month.fix sth at sth They fixed the rate of tax at 30%.
ECONOMICS to agree with other companies that you will all charge the same price for your products and not compete with each other: Steelmakers deny they fix prices.

fixnoun [C]

uk   /fɪks/ us  
a way of solving a problem, especially an easy or quick one: long-term/short-term fix We find short-term fixes, not long-term solutions.a fix for sth More and more people were using loans as a fix for their financial problems. There is no quick fix and it will take many months to re-establish profitable sales growth.
IT a small computer program that can repair a problem with software: a fix for sth The software developer says it has developed a fix for the problem.
a situation that has been dishonestly arranged by someone in order to get an advantage for themselves: When we won the contract, some people thought it was a fix.
ECONOMICS a price, for example, on gold or silver, that is set according to supply and demand: The London morning gold fix was $1,154.00 versus the previous afternoon fix of $1,139.50.
get a fix on sth
to understand what a situation is like: Market research helps to get a fix on what customers want.
(Definition of fix from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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