cathect

verb
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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cathect. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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