fixate

verb fix·ate \ ˈfik-ˌsāt \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of fixate

fixated; fixating
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
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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Origin and Etymology of fixate

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


FIXATE Defined for English Language Learners

fixate

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
1 : to focus one's gaze on
2 : to direct (the libido) toward an infantile form of gratification
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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