fixate

[ fik-seyt ]
/ ˈfɪk seɪt /

verb (used with object), fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing.

to fix; make stable or stationary.

verb (used without object), fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing.

to become fixed.
Psychoanalysis. to develop a fixation; suffer an arrest in one's emotional or sexual development.

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Nearby words

  1. fix someone's wagon,
  2. fix up,
  3. fix-it,
  4. fix-up,
  5. fixable,
  6. fixated,
  7. fixatif,
  8. fixation,
  9. fixation nystagmus,
  10. fixation point

Origin of fixate

1880–85; < Latin fix(us) fixed, firm (see fix) + -ate1

Related formsun·fix·at·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fixate

fixate

/ (ˈfɪkseɪt) /

verb

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

Word Origin for fixate

C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate 1

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Word Origin and History for fixate

fixate

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for fixate

fixate

[ fĭksāt′ ]

v.

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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