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[fik-seyt] /ˈfɪk seɪt/
verb (used with object), fixated, fixating.
to fix; make stable or stationary.
verb (used without object), fixated, fixating.
to become fixed.
Psychoanalysis. to develop a fixation; suffer an arrest in one's emotional or sexual development.
Origin of fixate
1880-85; < Latin fix(us) fixed, firm (see fix) + -ate1
Related forms
unfixated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fixate
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  • The more we fixate it, the more its clearness and distinctness increase.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
  • From here we see the perspective to the fantastic dreams which the camera can fixate.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Existences that are especially set aside to fixate and convey meanings are signs or symbols.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • These apparently are accounted for by involuntary eye-movements which take place regardless of the effort made to fixate vision.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for fixate


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
(transitive; usually passive) (informal) to obsess or preoccupy
Word Origin
C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate1
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Word Origin and History for fixate

1885, "to fix, make stable," from fix (v.) + -ate. Meaning "to gaze upon" is from 1889. Psychological sense is from 1926, originally in Freudian theory, in this case perhaps a back-formation from fixation. Related: Fixated; fixating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fixate in Medicine

fixate fix·ate (fĭk'sāt')
v. fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing, fix·ates

  1. To make fixed, stable, or stationary.

  2. To focus one's eyes or attention on.

  3. To develop a fixation; become attached to in an immature or neurotic way.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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