fix·​at·​ed ˈfik-ˌsā-təd How to pronounce fixated (audio)
: arrested in development or adjustment
especially : arrested at a pregenital level of psychosexual development

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both are free agents once again, and both centers remained fixated on this campaign when previously asked about their future. Conor Ryan,, 1 May 2023 Back at the 251st’s command center, a commander named Volodymyr remained fixated on the drone feed, his eyes red from hours of watching. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 If the GOP wants a leader who is less fixated on personal grievances and petty insults, the choice will be clear. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 29 Mar. 2023 The only person who doesn’t depart after each of these incursions is Chad Somers, who remains more fixated than ever on the hole. Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2023 The two become fixated on destroying one another; all the while, their own lives are collapsing around them. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 12 Apr. 2023 Most guys are much more fixated on training mirror muscles like the biceps, triceps, chest, and abs, which are all great, but will have much less of a performance payoff. David Otey, Men's Health, 30 Mar. 2023 In November, Dimone Fleming, a Black woman in the Bronx who had reportedly become fixated on demonic possession, allegedly killed her sons, ages three and eleven months. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2023 But prominent Republicans remain fixated on election denialism. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of fixate

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fixated was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Fixated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


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

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