Repair vs. Fix

Repair vs. Fix — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Repair and Fix

Repairverb

To restore to sound condition after damage or injury; fix

repaired the broken watch.

Fixverb

To correct or set right; adjust

fix a misspelling.fix the out-of-date accounts.

Repairverb

To set right; remedy

repair an oversight.

Fixverb

To restore to proper condition or working order; repair

fix a broken machine.

Repairverb

To restore or renew

repair the immune system.

Fixverb

To make ready for a specific purpose, as by altering or combining elements; prepare

fixed the room for the guests.fix lunch for the kids.
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Repairverb

To make up for or compensate for (a loss or wrong, for example).

Fixverb

To spay or castrate (an animal).

Repairverb

To make repairs.

Fixverb

To influence the outcome or actions of (something) by improper or unlawful means

fix a prizefight.fix a jury.

Repairverb

To betake oneself; go

repair to the dining room.

Fixverb

(Informal) To take revenge upon (someone); get even with.

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Repairverb

To go frequently or habitually

repairs to the restaurant every week.

Fixverb

To place securely; make stable or firm

fixed the tent poles in the ground.

Repairnoun

The work, act, or process of repairing.

Fixverb

To secure to another; attach

fixing the notice to the board with tacks.

Repairnoun

often repairs An instance or a result of repairing

The accident resulted in a costly repair to the car. My bike is in the shop for repairs.

Fixverb

To put into a stable or unalterable form

tried to fix the conversation in her memory.

Repairnoun

The state of being fit for use

The furnace is out of repair.

Fixverb

To make (a chemical substance) nonvolatile or solid.

Repairnoun

General condition after use or repairing

in good repair.

Fixverb

(Biology) To convert (nitrogen or carbon) into stable, biologically assimilable compounds.

Repairnoun

An act of going or sojourning

our annual repair to the mountains.

Fixverb

To kill and preserve (a specimen) intact for microscopic study.

Repairnoun

A place to which one goes frequently or habitually; a haunt.

Fixverb

To prevent discoloration of (a photographic image) by washing or coating with a chemical preservative.

Repairnoun

The act of repairing something.

I took the car to the workshop for repair.

Fixverb

To direct steadily

fixed her eyes on the road ahead.

Repairnoun

The result of repairing something.

If you look closely you can see the repair in the paintwork.

Fixverb

To capture or hold

The man with the long beard fixed our attention.

Repairnoun

The condition of something, in respect of need for repair.

The car was overall in poor repair before the accident. But after the workshop had it for three weeks it was returned in excellent repair. But the other vehicle was beyond repair.

Fixverb

To set or place definitely; establish

fixed her residence in a coastal village.

Repairnoun

The act of repairing or resorting to a place.

our annual repair to the mountains

Fixverb

To determine with accuracy; ascertain

fixed the date of the ancient artifacts.

Repairnoun

A place to which one goes frequently or habitually; a haunt.

Fixverb

To agree on; arrange

fix a time to meet.

Repairverb

To restore to good working order, fix, or improve damaged condition; to mend; to remedy.

to repair a house, a road, a shoe, or a shipto repair a shattered fortune

Fixverb

To assign; attribute

fixing the blame.

Repairverb

To make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; to indemnify for.

to repair a loss or damage

Fixverb

(Computers) To convert (data) from floating-point notation to fixed-point notation.

Repairverb

To transfer oneself to another place.

to repair to sanctuary for safety

Fixverb

To direct one's efforts or attention; concentrate

We fixed on the immediate goal.

Repairverb

to pair again

Fixverb

To become stable or firm; harden

Fresh plaster will fix in a few hours.

Repairnoun

the act of putting something in working order again

Fixverb

Chiefly Southern US To be on the verge of; to be making preparations for. Used in progressive tenses with the infinitive

We were fixing to leave without you.

Repairnoun

a formal way of referring to the condition of something;

the building was in good repair

Fixnoun

The act of adjusting, correcting, or repairing.

Repairnoun

a frequently visited place

Fixnoun

(Informal) Something that repairs or restores; a solution

no easy fix for an intractable problem.

Repairverb

restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken;

She repaired her TV setRepair my shoes please

Fixnoun

The position, as of a ship or aircraft, determined by visual observations with the aid of equipment.

Repairverb

make amends for; pay compensation for;

One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third ReichShe was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident

Fixnoun

A clear determination or understanding

a briefing that gave us a fix on the current situation.

Repairverb

move, travel, or proceed toward some place;

He repaired to his cabin in the woods

Fixnoun

An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.

Repairverb

set straight or right;

remedy these deficienciesrectify the inequities in salariesrepair an oversight

Fixnoun

A difficult or embarrassing situation; a predicament

"If we get left on this wreck we are in a fix" (Mark Twain).

Repairverb

give new life or energy to;

A hot soup will revive meThis will renovate my spiritsThis treatment repaired my health

Fixnoun

(Slang) An amount or dose of something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic.

Fixnoun

A repair or corrective action.

That plumber's fix is much better than the first one's.

Fixnoun

A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma; a predicament.

It rained before we repaired the roof, and were we in a fix!

Fixnoun

(informal) A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.

Fixnoun

A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.

Fixnoun

A determination of location.

We have a fix on your position.

Fixnoun

(US) fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)

Fixverb

To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix.

Fixverb

(Of a piercing look) to direct at someone.

He fixed me with a sickly grin, and said, "I told you it wouldn't work!"

Fixverb

(transitive) To attach; to affix; to hold in place or at a particular time.

A dab of chewing gum will fix your note to the bulletin board.A leech can fix itself to your skin without you feeling it.The Constitution fixes the date when Congress must meet.

Fixverb

To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate.

She's fixed on the idea of becoming a doctor.

Fixverb

(transitive) To mend, to repair.

That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.

Fixverb

To prepare (food).

She fixed dinner for the kids.

Fixverb

(transitive) To make (a contest, vote, or gamble) unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion

A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.

Fixverb

To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.

Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.

Fixverb

To map a (point or subset) to itself.

Fixverb

To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.

He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.

Fixverb

(transitive) To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.

Fixverb

To convert into a stable or available form.

Legumes are valued in crop rotation for their ability to fix nitrogen.

Fixverb

(intransitive) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.

Fixverb

(intransitive) 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.

Fixnoun

informal terms for a difficult situation;

he got into a terrible fixhe made a muddle of his marriage

Fixnoun

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

she needed a fix of chocolate

Fixnoun

the act of putting something in working order again

Fixnoun

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

collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers

Fixnoun

a determination of the location of something;

he got a good fix on the target

Fixverb

restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken;

She repaired her TV setRepair my shoes please

Fixverb

cause to be firmly attached;

fasten the lock onto the doorshe fixed her gaze on the man

Fixverb

decide upon or fix definitely;

fix the variablesspecify the parameters

Fixverb

prepare for eating by applying heat;

Cook me dinner, pleasecan you make me an omelette?fix breakfast for the guests, please

Fixverb

take vengeance on or get even;

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

Fixverb

set or place definitely;

Let's fix the date for the party!

Fixverb

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

Fixverb

make fixed, stable or stationary;

let's fix the picture to the frame

Fixverb

make infertile;

in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disbilites are sterilized

Fixverb

put (something somewhere) firmly;

She posited her hand on his shoulderdeposit the suitcase on the benchfix your eyes on this spot

Fixverb

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 warI was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill