Definition of fixate
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
1 : to focus or concentrate one's gaze or attention intently or obsessively
2 : to undergo arrestment at a stage of development
Recent Examples of fixate from the Web
Just proves Americas are fixated on scandals and pointless tabloid stories.
He is also fixated on using his resources in honorable, inventive ways.
Like any other convention or conference, HOPE is really just a chance to get together and swap stories round-the-clock with a crowd of people who are all fanatically fixated on a single subject.
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First Known Use of fixate
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Definition of fixate for English Language Learners
: to look at or think about something constantly : to give all of your attention to something
Medical Definition of fixate
transitive verb: to focus one's gaze on
2: to direct (the libido) toward an infantile form of gratification
intransitive verb: 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
2: to undergo arrestment at a stage of development
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