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 The response from progressives is to fixate on income level or wealth status. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 And poets are supposed to fixate on politics and love. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Rush began to fixate on Bell for beatings, sometimes whipping him in front of others with paddles, former church members told The News. Dallas News, 23 May 2021 Trainers fixate on track conditions, a complex interplay of surface, weather, and horse anatomy. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 But time mutes all passions and creates new characters to fixate on. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Many public-health officials now fixate on the tiny risk posed by J&J’s vaccine. WSJ, 25 Apr. 2021 Yet Lincoln did fixate for decades on southern Christian theology that claimed God had decreed Black racial inferiority and enslavement. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 But experts are urging Americans not to fixate on the difference in those numbers. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Fixate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixate. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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