fixated

adjective
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

Each tale is about a ruler (Lear, with a kingdom; Captain Ahab, a whaling ship) who becomes so fixated on an idea that good governing gets subverted. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Moby Dick — Rehearsed’ swims in an ocean of imagination at Theatricum," 14 June 2019 The leading Democratic presidential contenders have begun criticizing Joseph R. Biden Jr. for, among other things, being too old, too moderate, too fixated on President Trump and too delusional about the state of the Republican Party. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democratic Candidates Go After Joe Biden, but Not by Name," 6 June 2019 The president also appears fixated on reducing the size of the U.S. trade deficit. Mark Zandi, Philly.com, "In today's global economy, nobody wins a trade war | Opinion," 22 June 2018 Even as his administration faces a series of diplomatic high-wire acts, including persuading Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, to give up his nuclear arsenal, Trump has remained fixated on leaks back home. Anchorage Daily News, "Exhausted aides of a chaotic president eye White House exits," 11 June 2018 Even as his administration faces a series of diplomatic high-wire acts, including persuading Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, to give up his nuclear arsenal, Trump has remained fixated on leaks back home. Anchorage Daily News, "Exhausted aides of a chaotic president eye White House exits," 11 June 2018 But even those dewy sentiments don’t seem to explain just how fixated Nunes was on the island territory. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out," 24 Apr. 2018 Even as his administration faces a series of diplomatic high-wire acts, including persuading Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, to give up his nuclear arsenal, Trump has remained fixated on leaks back home. Anchorage Daily News, "Exhausted aides of a chaotic president eye White House exits," 11 June 2018 Waiting for her outside was Ray Greene, a white Jacksonville lawyer and entrepreneur who had become fixated on her story. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fixated.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fixated

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fixated

from past participle of fixate

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fixated

Dictionary Entries near fixated

FIW

fix

fixate

fixated

fixatif

fixation

fixative

Statistics for fixated

Last Updated

24 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fixated

The first known use of fixated was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fixated

fixated

adjective
fix·​at·​ed

Medical Definition of fixated

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

More from Merriam-Webster on fixated

Nglish: Translation of fixated for Spanish Speakers

Comments on fixated

What made you want to look up fixated? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!