fix

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: fix

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vn
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
the act of putting something in working order again
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vn
cause to be firmly attached
a determination of the place where something is
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v
set or place definitely
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v
prepare for eating by applying heat
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v
take vengeance on or get even
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v
kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
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v
make infertile
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vn
influence an event or its outcome by illegal means
an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear
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v
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
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n
informal terms for a difficult situation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: fix
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v restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

Synonyms:
bushel, doctor, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
Antonyms:
break, bust
ruin completely
break, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out
go to pieces
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fiddle, tinker
try to fix or mend
fill
plug with a substance
patch, piece
repair by adding pieces
cobble
repair or mend
point, repoint
repair the joints of bricks
trouble-shoot, troubleshoot
solve problems
patch, patch up
mend by putting a patch on
resole, sole
put a new sole on
revamp, vamp
provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
heel, reheel
put a new heel on
darn
repair by sewing
close, fill up
fill or stop up
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

n the act of putting something in working order again

Synonyms:
fixing, fixture, mend, mending, repair, reparation
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darning
the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
patching
the act of mending a hole in a garment by sewing a patch over it
care, maintenance, upkeep
activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
band aid, quick fix, quickie, quicky
hurried repair
restoration
the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
reconstruction
the activity of constructing something again
restitution
the act of restoring something to its original state
re-establishment
restoration to a previous state
camera care
keeping a camera in good working order
car care
keeping a car in good working order
inspection and repair, overhaul, service
periodic maintenance on a car or machine
gentrification
the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)
reclamation, rehabilitation, renewal
the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
makeover
a complete reconstruction and renovation of something
reassembly, refabrication
assembling again
re-formation, regeneration
forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting
rebuilding
building again
pump priming
introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing
scheduled maintenance
maintenance at a regularly scheduled time
steam fitting
care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
rehabilitation
the restoration of someone to a useful place in society
reinstatement
the act of restoring someone to a previous position
rejuvenation
the act of restoring to a more youthful condition
Type of:
improvement
the act of improving something

n something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug

“she needed a fix of chocolate”
Type of:
intravenous injection
an injection into a vein
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v cause to be firmly attached

“she fixed her gaze on the man”
Synonyms:
fasten, secure
Antonyms:
unfasten
cause to become undone
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strap
secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
rig
connect or secure to
bitt
secure with a bitt
latch
fasten with a latch
garter
fasten with or as if with a garter
chain
fasten or secure with chains
cable
fasten with a cable
picket
fasten with a picket
rope up
attach to one another, for safety
cinch, girth
tie a cinch around
bandage, bind
wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
cramp
secure with a cramp
cleat
secure on a cleat
anchor, cast anchor, drop anchor
secure a vessel with an anchor
anchor, ground
fix firmly and stably
moor
secure with cables or ropes
berth, moor, tie up
secure in or as if in a berth or dock
spike
secure with spikes
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework
crank
fasten with a crank
noose
secure with a noose
chock
secure with chocks
brad
fasten with brads
bight
fasten with a bight
belay
fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
belay
turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
bar
secure with, or as if with, bars
clamp
fasten or fix with a clamp
velcro
fasten with Velcro
stay
fasten with stays
clinch
flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
clinch
secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
lock
fasten with a lock
lock up
secure by locking
hasp
secure or lock with a hasp
zip, zip up, zipper
close with a zipper
tack
fasten with tacks
string
string together; tie or fasten with a string
hook
fasten with a hook
belt
fasten with a belt
cement
bind or join with or as if with cement
grout
bind with grout
staple
secure or fasten with a staple or staples
rivet
fasten with a rivet or rivets
button
fasten with buttons
pin
attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
hang, hang up
cause to be hanging or suspended
hang
place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction
deposit, lodge, stick, wedge
put, fix, force, or implant
entrench, intrench
fix firmly or securely
buckle, clasp
fasten with a buckle or buckles
brooch, clasp
fasten with or as if with a brooch
stake
tie or fasten to a stake
wire
fasten with wire
coapt
fit tightly and fasten
joggle
fasten or join with a joggle
joint
fasten with a joint
toggle
fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
gag, muzzle
tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
retie
tie again or anew
bind off, tie up
finish the last row
loop
fasten or join with a loop
cord
bind or tie with a cord
lash together
bind together with a cord or rope
truss
tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
leash, rope
fasten with a rope
strap
tie with a strap
knot
tie or fasten into a knot
lash
bind with a rope, chain, or cord
band
bind or tie together, as with a band
wharf
moor at a wharf
hem
fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
resew
sew again
overcast
sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
overcast
sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
backstitch
do backstitches
gather, pucker, tuck
draw together into folds or puckers
finedraw
sew together very finely
fell
sew a seam by folding the edges
baste, tack
sew together loosely, with large stitches
hemstitch
sew with hemstitches
retick, tick
sew
padlock
fasten with a padlock
bolt
secure or lock with a bolt
thumbtack
fasten with thumbtacks
suspend
hang freely
lace, lace up
draw through eyes or holes
redeposit
deposit anew
cast on
make the first row of stitches when knitting
cast off
make the last row of stitches when knitting
sling
hang loosely or freely; let swing
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v make fixed, stable or stationary

“let's fix the picture to the frame”
Synonyms:
fixate
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v put (something somewhere) firmly

fix your eyes on this spot”
Synonyms:
deposit, posit, situate
Types:
bury
place in the earth and cover with soil
sediment
deposit as a sediment
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

n a determination of the place where something is

“he got a good fix on the target”
Synonyms:
localisation, localization, locating, location
Types:
echo sounding, echolocation
determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
Type of:
determination, finding
the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
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v set or place definitely

“Let's fix the date for the party!”
Type of:
constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
set up or lay the groundwork for

v decide upon or fix definitely

fix the variables”
Synonyms:
define, determine, limit, set, specify
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quantify
use as a quantifier
name
mention and identify by name
reset
set anew
define
give a definition for the meaning of a word
redefine
give a new or different definition of (a word)
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
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v prepare for eating by applying heat

fix breakfast for the guests, please”
Synonyms:
cook, make, prepare, ready
make
gather and light the materials for
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keep, preserve
prevent (food) from rotting
dress, dress out
kill and prepare for market or consumption
deglaze
dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
escallop, scallop
bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
flambe
pour liquor over and ignite (a dish)
put on
put on the stove or ready for cooking
devil
coat or stuff with a spicy paste
precook
cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long
whip up, whomp up
prepare or cook quickly or hastily
concoct, cook up
prepare or cook by mixing ingredients
lard
prepare or cook with lard
freeze-dry
preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
conserve
preserve with sugar
dehydrate, desiccate
preserve by removing all water and liquids from
pickle
preserve in a pickling liquid
salt
preserve with salt
can, put up, tin
preserve in a can or tin
refrigerate
preserve by chilling
cure
prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
corn
preserve with salt
Type of:
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch
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v take vengeance on or get even

“That'll fix him good!”
Synonyms:
get, pay back, pay off
pay
make a compensation for
Type of:
get back, get even
take revenge or even out a score
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v kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study

Type of:
gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
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v make infertile

Synonyms:
desex, desexualise, desexualize, sterilise, sterilize, unsex
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alter, castrate, neuter, spay
remove the ovaries of
castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize, emasculate
remove the testicles of a male animal
vasectomise, vasectomize
remove the vas deferens
defeminise, defeminize
remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)
caponise, caponize
convert a cock into a capon
cut, geld
cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)
Type of:
operate, operate on
perform surgery on
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v influence an event or its outcome by illegal means

fix a race”
Type of:
act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect

n an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear

“collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers”
Type of:
exemption, granting immunity, immunity
an act exempting someone
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v make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

“I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill”
Synonyms:
gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
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socialise, socialize
prepare for social life
provide
take measures in preparation for
cram
prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
precondition
put into the required condition beforehand
mount
fix onto a backing, setting, or support
lay out, set, set up
get ready for a particular purpose or event
winterise, winterize
prepare for winter
summerise, summerize
prepare for summer
prime
insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
crop, cultivate, work
prepare for crops
brace, poise
prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
overcrop, overcultivate
to exhaust by excessive cultivation
nerve, steel
get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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n informal terms for a difficult situation

“he got into a terrible fix
Synonyms:
hole, jam, kettle of fish, mess, muddle, pickle
Types:
dog's breakfast, dog's dinner
a poor job; a mess
Type of:
difficulty
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
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