verb ca·thect \kə-ˈthekt, ka-\

Definition of CATHECT

transitive verb
:  to invest with mental or emotional energy

Origin of CATHECT

back-formation from cathectic
First Known Use: 1925
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transitive verb ca·thect \kə-ˈthekt, ka-\

Medical Definition of CATHECT

:  to invest with mental or emotional energy


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