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fix   WordNet 2.0

- a determination of the location of something
"he got a good fix on the target"

 
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- an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear
"collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers"

 
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- the act of putting something in working order again

 
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- something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug
"she needed a fix of chocolate"

 
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- informal terms for a difficult situation
"he got into a terrible fix"
"he made a muddle of his marriage"

 
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- make infertile
"in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disbilites are sterilized"

 
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- restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
"She repaired her TV set"
"Repair my shoes please"

 
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- make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
"Get the children ready for school!"
"prepare for war"
"I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

 
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- kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study

 
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- make fixed, stable or stationary
"let''s fix the picture to the frame"

 
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- decide upon or fix definitely
"fix the variables"
"specify the parameters"

 
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- take vengeance on or get even
"We''ll get them!"
"That''ll fix him good!"
"This time I got him"

 
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- cause to be firmly attached
"fasten the lock onto the door"
"she fixed her gaze on the man"

 
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- put (something somewhere) firmly
"She posited her hand on his shoulder"
"deposit the suitcase on the bench"
"fix your eyes on this spot"

 
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- set or place definitely
"Let''s fix the date for the party!"

 
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- prepare for eating by applying heat
"Cook me dinner, please"
"can you make me an omelette?"
"fix breakfast for the guests, please"

 
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Fix   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Fixed; solidified. [Obs.] Chaucer.

 
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1. To make firm, stable, or fast; to set or place permanently; to fasten immovably; to establish; to implant; to secure; to make definite.

"An ass's nole I fixed on his head." -- Shak.

"O, fix thy chair of grace, that all my powers May also fix their reverence." -- Herbert.

"His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." -- Ps. cxii. 7.

"And fix far deeper in his head their stings." -- Milton.

2. To hold steadily; to direct unwaveringly; to fasten, as the eye on an object, the attention on a speaker.

"Sat fixed in thought the mighty Stagirite." -- Pope.

"One eye on death, and one full fix'd on heaven." -- Young.

3. To transfix; to pierce. [Obs.] Sandys.

4. (Photog.) To render (an impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensible to the action of light. Abney.

5. To put in order; to arrange; to dispose of; to adjust; to set to rights; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; hence, to repair; as, to fix the clothes; to fix the furniture of a room. [Colloq. U.S.]

6. (Iron Manuf.) To line the hearth of (a puddling furnace) with fettling.

Syn. -- To arrange; prepare; adjust; place; establish; settle; determine.

 
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1. To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.

"Your kindness banishes your fear, Resolved to fix forever here." -- Waller.

2. 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. Bacon.

To fix on
to settle the opinion or resolution about; to determine regarding; as, the contracting parties have fixed on certain leading points.

 
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1. A position of difficulty or embarassment; predicament; dilemma. [Colloq.]

"Is he not living, then? No. is he dead, then? No, nor dead either. Poor Aroar can not live, and can not die, -- so that he is in an almighty fix." -- De Quincey.

2. (Iron Manuf.) fettling. [U.S.]

 
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