- to fix; make stable or stationary.
Origin of fixate
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Examples from the Web for fixate
You can fixate your brain on "Potent Potables" for five progressively harder questions, then on "Kings of England" for five more.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate
February 21, 2014
Perhaps it takes a motivation of that kind for a man to fixate on something the way Scannon does.Will These Men Ever Come Home? The Search for Missing WWII Pilots in “Vanished”
Jordan Michael Smith
November 14, 2013
I kept hoping that if I ignored him, he would get bored and fixate on someone else, like his fiancée.Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed
October 12, 2012
As we know, Democrats and Republicans fixate on different polls.Math Is More Fun If You Only Count What You Like
September 20, 2012
In slower news cycles, we fixate on the playoffs or Oscar nominees.William and Kate's Royal Wedding: Enough Already!
April 12, 2011
The more we fixate it, the more its clearness and distinctness increase.
From here we see the perspective to the fantastic dreams which the camera can fixate.
Existences that are especially set aside to fixate and convey meanings are signs or symbols.How We Think
These apparently are accounted for by involuntary eye-movements which take place regardless of the effort made to fixate vision.Visual Illusions
- to become or cause to become fixed
- to direct the eye or eyes at a point in space so that the image of the point falls on the centre (fovea) of the eye or eyes
- psychol to engage in fixation
- (tr; usually passive) informal to obsess or preoccupy
C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate 1
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Word Origin and History for fixate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To make fixed, stable, or stationary.
- To focus one's eyes or attention on something.
- To develop a fixation; become excessively attached to a person or thing.
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