fixate

verb
fix·ate | \ ˈfik-ˌsāt \
fixated; fixating

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

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Ralph Hood, a University of Tennessee professor and expert on this group, says most of these churches prohibit photographers and film crews because media visitors are fixated on the snakes. Julia Duin, WSJ, "Christian Serpent-Handlers Protect Us All," 12 July 2018 In fact, we've been fixated on restricting what's on our plates for hundreds of years, at least. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 After winning the New York State Junior Chess Championship at 19, Mr. Magriel became fixated by backgammon, the 5,000-year-old dice-and-disk board game that combines luck, skill, and speed. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Paul Magriel, 71, who was called the best in backgammon," 11 Mar. 2018 The four of them spend the day awkwardly trying to ignore the fact that one of them is inevitably going home — except for Bekah, who is weirdly fixated on the numbers and won’t shut up about it. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelor: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Tells 2 Women He's 'Falling' for Them Ahead of Hometown Dates," 12 Feb. 2018 Working to a lefthanded hitter, Minor fixated his arsenal down and away. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros overcome 4-run deficit to defeat Rangers in 10 innings," 4 July 2018 Popular coverage of Alzheimer’s tends to fixate on memory loss as the first tell. Denise C. Park, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 myths about Alzheimer's disease," 18 June 2018 At that point, customers are less likely to fixate on a hit to the wallet that's still weeks away. Rachel Siegel, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon may be the next big test to see if consumers will open pocket books even wider," 4 May 2018 During the October meeting at the league’s headquarters, several owners seemed fixated on the President’s reaction to Kaepernick. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Leaked October Tapes and the Kaepernick Collusion Case," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fixate

1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fixate

probably back-formation from fixation, in part as translation of German fixieren

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The first known use of fixate was in 1885

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fixate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fixate

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

fixate

verb
fix·ate | \ ˈfik-ˌsāt \
fixated; fixating

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 himJournal of the American Medical Association

2 : to undergo arrestment at a stage of development

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