fixate

verb fix·ate \ ˈfik-ˌsāt \

Definition of fixate

fixated; fixating
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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First Known Use of fixate

1885


FIXATE Defined for English Language Learners

fixate

verb

Definition of fixate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

fixate

verb fix·ate \ ˈfik-ˌsāt \

medical Definition of fixate

fixated; fixating
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 him
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
2 :to undergo arrestment at a stage of development


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