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fix (Janus word)
A solution and a problem (also "fixed").
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fix (s) (noun), fixes (pl)
1. The determination of a navigational position or location of someone or something: There are fixes of ships made by radar, observation, etc.

James has a fix on his brother's location while he is climbing a moutain.

2. An answer or an explanation which solves a problem or corrects a mistake: Allen has a quick fix or a fast solution which is temporary.

Dale wants a long-term solution, not just a quick fix.

3. An act or instance of bribery or dishonesty that is meant to produce a special result: Rodney was sure that the results of the football game was nothing more than a big fix.
4. A predicament or an embarrassing situation: After accepting two invitations for the same evening, Trudy was in a fix as to which one she should go to.

Flight attendants are in a fix as digital devices make a mockery of rules; in fact, wearable computers are coming, which will make it even more difficult to get people to turn them off during takeoffs and landings.

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fix (verb), fixes; fixed; fixing
1. To place securely; to make stable or firm: Jane wanted a larger mirror so she had one fixed to the wall so she could have a better view of the clothes she was wearing.
2. To secure to something so it won't move: All of the tables on the ship were fixed to the floor.
3. To repair; to mend: Jim took his car to the repair shop where the dent in the fender was fixed.
4. To put in order or in good condition; to adjust or to arrange: James and Jane have a woman to fix their apartment by vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning the bathrooms every two weeks.
5. To settle definitely; to determine: The clerk in the grocery store fixed the price of the various kinds of apples that were delivered from the local orchards.
6. To direct one's eyes and attention steadily: Henry's eyes were fixed on the "blue moon" or the second full moon of the month.
7. To put or to place responsibility, blame, etc. on someone: Thomas stole Sally’s new cell phone and the principal called his parents and fixed the crime on him so they could take the necessary steps to punish him.
8. To assign or to refer to a definite place, time, etc.: Jack and Jill wanted to get married, so they had a date fixed by the justice of the peace for a specific date for the ceremony to take place.
9. To provide or to supply with something that is needed or wanted: Sharon was fixed with enough money for the trip that she was going on.
10. To arrange or to influence the outcome of some action in an informal way, privately or dishonestly: The coach was found guilty of trying to fix the final football game.
11. To get a meal; to prepare food: Shirley called her husband, who had to work overtime, because she wanted to know if he could let her know what time to fix dinner.
12. Informal: to castrate or to spay an animal; especially, a pet: David called a veterinarian to make an appointment to fix his cat because she was having too many kittens.
13. Etymology: fix ultimately comes from Latin figere, "fasten". Its past participle fixus made its way into English along two distinct routes, partly via the Old French adjective fix, "fixed" and partly via the medieval Latin verb fixare.
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