cathect

verb
ca·thect | \kə-ˈthekt, ka-\
cathected; cathecting; cathects

Definition of cathect 

transitive verb

: to invest with mental or emotional energy

First Known Use of cathect

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cathect

back-formation from cathectic

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The first known use of cathect was in 1925

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cathect

transitive verb
ca·thect | \kə-ˈthekt, ka- \

Medical Definition of cathect 

: to invest with mental or emotional energy

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