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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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 Why does the world remain fixated on the ideas of a man who helped to produce so much suffering? The Economist, "Rulers of the world: read Karl Marx!," 3 May 2018 Lowell fixated on some small discrepancies in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune and concluded there was another planet out there somewhere. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About Planet Nine," 9 Mar. 2019 And while, yes, this time, the guy really did turn out to be a gentleman, there are plenty of people who believe the rhetoric, as well as people who are fixated on this idea for the wrong reasons — as this thread outlines. Aja Romano, Vox, "How a mom’s “This is My Son” anti-feminist brag went viral — and completely backfired," 9 Oct. 2018 For the past few years, Microsoft’s attention has been fixated upon the enterprise. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's pledge to win back the consumer needs to be more than just words," 20 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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