[ kuh-thekt, ka- ]

verb (used with object)Psychoanalysis.
  1. to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).

Origin of cathect

First recorded in1930–35; back formation from cathectic “relating to cathexis”; see origin at cathexis

Words Nearby cathect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023