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

Examples of fixate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, the debates over what to do with mentally ill people tend to fixate on two extremes. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Still, Booster can't help but fixate on negative feedback, mainly via Twitter. Nick Romano, EW.com, 3 June 2022 Don't fixate on a single social media platform or site. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 Richtel doesn’t fixate on the neuroscience — this is your brain on creativity! Eric Weiner, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 The Mighty Mississippi also maintains a looming presence across the record — a fitting recurring motif for an album whose songs fixate on a cast of characters constantly adrift, grasping for emotional liferafts. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2022 As Trump continued to fixate on claims of fraud in Georgia around this time, Meadows worked to reach Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whose office oversaw voting. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 The election in the Republican-leaning 22nd District has been largely ignored as national Democrats and Republicans fixate on midterm elections that will determine control of Congress in 2023. CBS News, 6 Apr. 2022 To linger on a landscape or fixate on slowly unfolding action is to welcome the viewer into a meditative space. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Fixate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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