fixing vs preparing : Common Errors in English

fixing or preparing

“Fixing” as a synonym of “getting ready” is a feature of several dialects of U.S. English, especially rural and Southern ones: “I’m fixin’ to take this pie over to the parsonage.” Using it outside of these dialects risks making you sound unsophisticated.

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  • n  the act of putting something in working order again
  • n  restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  • n  the sterilization of an animal
  • n  (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body
  • v  restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
  • v  cause to be firmly attached
  • v  decide upon or fix definitely
  • v  prepare for eating by applying heat
  • v  take vengeance on or get even
  • v  set or place definitely
  • v  kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
  • v  make fixed, stable or stationary
  • v  make infertile
  • v  influence an event or its outcome by illegal means
  • v  put (something somewhere) firmly
  • v  make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill
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