fix·​at·​ed | \ ˈfik-ˌsā-təd How to pronounce fixated (audio) \

Definition of fixated

: arrested in development or adjustment especially : arrested at a pregenital level of psychosexual development

Examples of fixated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Which helps to explain why the party seems so fixated on installing anti-democratic means of gaining and holding power. Damon Linker, The Week, 2 June 2021 But Chappelle seems, for several years now, more fixated on LGBTQ folks than in my experience, many of us are on ourselves. Clay Cane, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 You might become fixated on making your home more comfortable and appealing. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 25 June 2021 Despite all of the amazing acts that appeared on the season 16 premiere of America's Got Talent last night, a handful of folks seemed much more fixated on another aspect of the NBC series — the audience. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2021 Joe Concannon, who founded the Queens Republican Patriots in 2018, said party leaders have become more fixated on battling fellow Republicans than on battling Democrats. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Instead of being upset about having to wait an extra week for a new episode, fans on social media seem much more fixated on the idea of soon seeing Japril together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2021 Schlesinger thinks history ought to be taught warts and all — and don’t get too fixated on the warts. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 Why has #MeToo become fixated on questions of belief? Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of fixated

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fixated

from past participle of fixate

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The first known use of fixated was in 1926

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11 Jan 2022

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“Fixated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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