fixate


fix·ate

verb \ˈfik-ˌsāt\

: to look at or think about something constantly : to give all of your attention to something

fix·at·edfix·at·ing

Full Definition of FIXATE

transitive verb
1
:  to make fixed, stationary, or unchanging
2
:  to focus one's gaze on
3
:  to direct (the libido) toward an infantile form of gratification
intransitive verb
1
:  to focus or concentrate one's gaze or attention intently or obsessively
2
:  to undergo arrestment at a stage of development

First Known Use of FIXATE

1885

Rhymes with FIXATE

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fix·ate

verb \ˈfik-ˌsāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
fix·at·edfix·at·ing

Medical Definition of FIXATE

transitive verb
1
: to focus one's gaze on
2
: to direct (the libido) toward an infantile form of gratification
intransitive verb
1
: to focus or concentrate one's gaze or attention <an infant with normal vision…will fixate on a light held before him—Journal of the American Medical Association>
2
: to undergo arrestment at a stage of development

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