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English noun: fix

1. fix (state) informal terms for a difficult situation

SamplesHe got into a terrible fix.
He made a muddle of his marriage.

Synonymshole, jam, kettle of fish, mess, muddle, pickle

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)dog's breakfast, dog's dinner

2. fix (act) something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug

SamplesShe needed a fix of chocolate.

Broader (hypernym)intravenous injection

Domain usagecolloquialism

3. fix (act) the act of putting something in working order again

Synonymsfixing, fixture, mend, mending, repair, reparation

Broader (hypernym)improvement

Narrower (hyponym)band aid, care, darning, maintenance, patching, quick fix, quickie, quicky, reconstruction, restitution, restoration, upkeep

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

SamplesCollusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers.

Broader (hypernym)exemption, granting immunity, immunity

5. fix (act) a determination of the place where something is

SamplesHe got a good fix on the target.

Synonymslocalisation, localization, locating, location

Broader (hypernym)determination, finding

Narrower (hyponym)echo sounding, echolocation

English verb: fix

1. fix (change) restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

SamplesShe repaired her TV set.
Repair my shoes please.

ExamplesThe men fix the chairs

Synonymsbushel, doctor, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)cobble, darn, fiddle, fill, heel, patch, patch, patch up, piece, point, reheel, repoint, resole, revamp, sole, tinker, trouble-shoot, troubleshoot, vamp

Antonymsbust, break

2. fix (contact) cause to be firmly attached

SamplesFasten the lock onto the door.
She fixed her gaze on the man.

Synonymsfasten, secure

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)anchor, anchor, bandage, bar, belay, belay, belt, berth, bight, bind, bind, bitt, brad, brooch, buckle, button, cable, cast anchor, cement, chain, chock, cinch, clamp, clasp, clasp, cleat, clinch, clinch, coapt, cramp, crank, deposit, drop anchor, entrench, garter, girth, ground, grout, hang, hang, hang up, hasp, hook, intrench, joggle, joint, latch, lock, lock up, lodge, moor, moor, noose, picket, pin, rig, rivet, rope up, run up, sew, sew together, spike, stake, staple, stay, stick, stitch, strap, string, tack, tie, tie up, toggle, velcro, wedge, wire, zip, zip up, zipper



3. fix (communication) decide upon or fix definitely

SamplesFix the variables.
Specify the parameters.

Synonymsdefine, determine, limit, set, specify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

Narrower (hyponym)define, name, quantify, reset

4. fix (creation) prepare for eating by applying heat

SamplesCook me dinner, please.
Can you make me an omelette?.
Fix breakfast for the guests, please.

ExamplesThe chefs fix the vegetables

Synonymscook, make, prepare, ready

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff

Narrower (hyponym)concoct, cook up, deglaze, devil, dress, dress out, escallop, flambe, keep, lard, precook, preserve, put on, scallop, whip up, whomp up

Verb groupmake

5. fix (competition) take vengeance on or get even

SamplesWe'll get them!.
That'll fix him good!.
This time I got him.

Synonymsget, pay back, pay off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)get back, get even

Verb grouppay

6. fix (creation) set or place definitely

SamplesLet's fix the date for the party!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)constitute, establish, found, institute, plant

7. fix (change) kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up

Domain categorycytology

8. fix (change) make fixed, stable or stationary

SamplesLet's fix the picture to the frame.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)attach

9. fix (body) make infertile

SamplesIn some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized.

Synonymsdesex, desexualise, desexualize, sterilise, sterilize, unsex

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)operate, operate on

Narrower (hyponym)alter, castrate, castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize, emasculate, neuter, spay, vasectomise, vasectomize

10. fix (social) influence an event or its outcome by illegal means

SamplesFix a race.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

11. fix (contact) put (something somewhere) firmly

SamplesShe posited her hand on his shoulder.
Deposit the suitcase on the bench.
Fix your eyes on this spot.

Synonymsdeposit, posit, situate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Narrower (hyponym)bury, sediment

12. fix (change) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

SamplesGet the children ready for school!.
Prepare for war.
I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill.

Synonymsgear up, prepare, ready, set, set up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)brace, cram, crop, cultivate, fix, lay out, mount, poise, precondition, prime, provide, set, set up, socialise, socialize, summerise, summerize, winterise, winterize, work

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