fixate

verb
fix·​ate | \ ˈfik-ˌsāt How to pronounce fixate (audio) \
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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That song circles back to the familiar themes about democratic ideals and the idea of the United States as a refuge that now seems severely under threat and that U2 has been fixated on at least since 1987’s Joshua Tree. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "U2 keeps the faith with spectacularly staged 'Experience + Innocence' show at the Wells Fargo Center," 14 June 2018 On Thursday morning, as millions of people along the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, President Donald Trump fixated on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and denied the deaths of nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Here’s How You Can Still Help Puerto Rico If You’re Not a Sitting U.S. President," 17 Sep. 2018 California’s most wide-open primary in two decades ended Tuesday with contests from governor to seats in the U.S. House that seemed focused, even fixated at times, on the race for second place. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's major political parties feared the top-two primary but emerged as powerful as before," 6 June 2018 To me, those girls and boys fixated on their outside appearances were stupid. Natalie Wall, Redbook, "Gaining 40 Pounds Made My Sex Life Better Than Ever," 22 Mar. 2017 Young Thug and Lil Durk at the Computer Over the summer, hip-hop fans were fixated on a photo of rappers Young Thug and Lil Durk behind the computer together. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Instead, the president is fixated on his NATO spending grievances and primed for a bitter confrontation that could further isolate the United States. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump poised to enter NATO meeting as wild card among allies," 9 July 2018 Headbands are having a moment, but don’t get fixated on the classic black velvet. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blue Accessories Are Having a Major Moment," 14 Mar. 2019 Some observers wonder if Trump may have fixated on one point of view in particular. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 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 How to pronounce fixate (audio) \
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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