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cathect

[kuh-thekt, ka-] /kəˈθɛkt, kæ-/
verb (used with object), Psychoanalysis.
1.
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
Origin of cathect
1930-1935
1930-35; back-formation from cathectic relating to cathexis
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Word Origin and History for cathected
adj.

1936, psychoanalysis jargon, back-formation from cathectic (1927), from Greek kathektikos, from kathexis (see cathexis).

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