ca·​thect | \ kə-ˈthekt How to pronounce cathect (audio) , ka- \
cathected; cathecting; cathects

Definition of cathect

transitive verb

: to invest with mental or emotional energy

Examples of cathect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The process of attaching to, and investing emotions in, a person is known as 'cathecting'. Janey Starling,, "Why You Need To Stop Looking For Love," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cathect

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cathect

back-formation from cathectic

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“Cathect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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transitive verb
ca·​thect | \ kə-ˈthekt, ka- How to pronounce cathect (audio) \

Medical Definition of cathect

: to invest with mental or emotional energy

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