[kuh-thekt, ka-]

verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.

to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).

Nearby words

  1. catharist,
  2. catharsis,
  3. cathartic,
  4. cathay,
  5. cathead,
  6. cathected,
  7. cathectic,
  8. cathedra,
  9. cathedral,
  10. cathedral ceiling

Origin of cathect

1930–35; back-formation from cathectic relating to cathexis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for cathected



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper