fixate

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verb fix·ate \ˈfik-ˌsāt\

Definition of fixate

fixated

;

fixating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make fixed, stationary, or unchanging

  3. 2 :  to focus one's gaze on

  4. 3 :  to direct (the libido) toward an infantile form of gratification

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to focus or concentrate one's gaze or attention intently or obsessively

  7. 2 :  to undergo arrestment at a stage of development

1885

First Known Use of fixate

1885


FIXATE Defined for English Language Learners

fixate

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verb fix·ate \ˈfik-ˌsāt\

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

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verb fix·ate \ˈfik-ˌsāt\

Medical Definition of fixate

fixated

;

fixating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to focus one's gaze on

  4. 2:  to direct (the libido) toward an infantile form of gratification

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  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>

  8. 2:  to undergo arrestment at a stage of development



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