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

Definition of cathect

transitive verb

: to invest with mental or emotional energy

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Unlike her predecessor, Lorelai Gilmore, Midge isn’t cathected to her spawn, who are kept to the margins of the show. Marjorie Ingall, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 4 Dec. 2018

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

Medical Definition of cathect

: to invest with mental or emotional energy

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