Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /fɪks/

Translation of fix in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (establish) [date/time/price] fijar; [details] concretar her arrival has been fixed at 3 pm su llegada está fijada para las 3 de la tarde
    Example sentences
    • The other countries which joined the EU did not have any dates fixed in advance.
    • By order dated July 19, 2001 a trial date was fixed for September 16, 2002.
    • When the court resumes a date will have to be fixed for a hearing.
    1.2 (organize) arreglar I've fixed it so we'll be in the same hotel lo he arreglado para que estemos en el mismo hotel how are you fixed for next weekend? ¿qué planes tienes para el fin de semana?
    Example sentences
    • As reported by the Evening Press, Supporters Direct had offered their advice, and a meeting was quickly fixed up.
    • The visit is fixed up, and just in time; 24 hours later his laptop packs in.
    • It can be very difficult fixing things up for young offenders in advance of their release.
  • 2 2.1 (secure) sujetar, asegurar the planks were fixed together with two screws las tablas estaban sujetas con dos tornillos we fixed the pole in the ground clavamos or fijamos el poste en el suelo to fix sth to sth sujetar algo a algo fix bayonets! [Military/Militar] ¡calar bayonetas! 2.2 (implant) to fix sth in one's memory grabar algo en la memoria you've just got it fixed in your mind that she's jealous se te ha metido en la cabeza que es celosa the belief had been fixed in him from an early age le habían inculcado la creencia desde temprana edad 2.3 (pin) to fix the blame on sb/sth echarle or achacarle* la culpa a algn/algo
    Example sentences
    • To allow movement from thermal and other forces, the roof is not fixed rigidly to its supports.
    • Fix the shelf to the wall above the curtain track using the brackets.
    • The reconnaissance officers used head torches fixed to their helmets.
  • 3 3.1 (direct steadily) he fixed his gaze o eyes on her la miró fijamente his eyes were fixed on the road ahead tenía la mirada fija en la carretera everybody's attention was fixed on her la atención de todos estaba fija or centrada en ella all their hopes were fixed on a truce habían cifrado todas sus esperanzas en una tregua 3.2 (look at) he fixed her with a stony gaze clavó en ella una mirada glacial
  • 4 (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) 4.1 (prepare) [colloquial/familiar] preparar I'll fix you some food te preparo algo de comer what are you fixing for dinner? ¿qué estás haciendo or preparando de cena? 4.2 (make presentable) to fix one's hair arreglarse el pelo we'll go as soon as I've fixed my face nos vamos en cuanto me pinte
    Example sentences
    • He walked down the stairs to the wet bar and fixed himself a drink, then proceeded out to the deck that overlooked the calm Pacific.
    • I got in, fixed myself a stiff drink and lay on the floor until the shaking died off.
    • ‘I wish I had never had children,’ she muttered to herself as she fixed herself a drink.
  • 5 (repair) [colloquial/familiar] [car/household appliance] arreglar I must take this watch in to be fixed tengo que llevar este reloj a arreglar
    Example sentences
    • The aim is to expand and improve, not to fix or repair what is broken.
    • A spokeswoman said the company was working flat out to get repairs fixed which were holding up trains and lengthening journeys.
    • As I recall, you also had to get the shower repaired and fix quite a few things, didn't you?
  • 7 [slang/argot] 7.1 (deal with) arreglar [colloquial/familiar] I'll soon fix her! ¡ya la voy a arreglar yo! [colloquial/familiar] 7.2 (kill) liquidar [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • By fixing and suppressing the enemy, we allow our own maneuvering element to accomplish its task relatively unmolested.
    • This gives priority to the areas where the enemy can be fixed and destroyed, area denial, and information collection.
    • This will allow us to destroy the lead company as the second enemy is being fixed by the minefield.
    Example sentences
    • Well, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is rolling out his plan to fix the economy.
    • We said we would fix immigration, law and order, and the Treaty of Waitangi industry.
  • 9 9.1 (make permanent) [film/drawing/colors] fijar 9.2 [nitrogen] fijar
    Example sentences
    • As they grow, green plants and trees fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to tissue.
    • Both cover crops fix a lot of nitrogen and produce high yields of biomass that serve as organic matter to enrich the soil.
    • The bacteria supply the pea plants with nitrogen fixed from the air when the soils are deficient in that nutrient.
    Example sentences
    • Ultimately, the fate of photography depended on fixing the image so it would not fade or darken.
    • After two minutes, a second bath of acid stops the development process and a third fixes the image, making the paper impervious to future contacts with light.
    • They gradually perfected the process of drying the grass to fix the image with some degree of permanence.
  • 10 (determine position of) [Aviation/Aviación] [Nautical/Náutica] establecer* la posición de
    Example sentences
    • Later in the novel, he will use the ‘Earth’ to fix the exact location of his enemies on a flotilla of rafts in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
    • The flight leader watched him go down, fixed his position, and saw that he was alive and in his raft.
    • We have been at the mercy of the storm for days, and the cloud cover still prevents me from fixing our location by the stars.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (make plans, intend) (American English/inglés norteamericano) we're fixing to go fishing on Sunday estamos planeando ir de pesca el domingo we've fixed to meet them at one hemos quedado (en encontrarnos) con ellos a la una


  • 1 (predicament) [colloquial/familiar] to be in a fix estar* en un aprieto or apuro to get (oneself) into/out of a fix meterse en/salir* de un aprieto or apuro
  • 3 [Aviation/Aviación] [Nautical/Náutica] posición (feminine) to get a fix on sth [sailor/airman] establecer* la posición de algo we're trying to get a fix on the likely consequences estamos intentando estimar or calibrar las posibles consecuencias
  • 5 (solution) arreglo (masculine) there are no quick fixes for these problems estos problemas no se arreglan así como así

Phrasal verbs

fix on

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
decidirse por

fix up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (provide for) I need somewhere to stay: can you fix me up? necesito alojamiento ¿me lo puedes arreglar? she fixed me up with a job me encontró or consiguió un trabajo we are trying to get her fixed up [colloquial/familiar] estamos tratando de conseguirle un novio 1.2 (organize, arrange) [trip] organizar* I'll fix things up with her lo arreglaré con ella 1.3 (repair, restore) [house/room] (American English/inglés norteamericano) arreglar 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (make arrangements) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], arreglar did you fix up with John about the tickets? ¿arreglaste lo de las entradas con John?

fix upon

fix on

Definition of fix in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cal
lime …
Cultural fact of the day

Sherry is produced in an area of chalky soil known as albariza lying between the towns of Puerto de Santa María, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and Jerez de la Frontera in Cádiz province. It is from Jerez that sherry takes its English name. Sherries, made from grape varieties including Palomino and Pedro Ximénez, are drunk worldwide as an aperitif, and in Spain as an accompaniment to tapas. The styles of jerez vary from the pale fino and manzanilla to the darker aromatic oloroso and amontillado.