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cathect

[ kuh-thekt, ka- ]
/ kəˈθɛkt, kæ- /
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verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
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Origin of cathect

First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from cathectic “relating to cathexis”; see origin at cathexis
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