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fixate

[ fik-seyt ]
/ 藞f瑟k se瑟t /
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verb (used without object), fix路at路ed, fix路at路ing.
verb (used with object), fix路at路ed, fix路at路ing.
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Origin of fixate

First recorded in 1880鈥85; from Latin fix(us) 鈥渇ixed, firm鈥 (see fix) + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for fixate

fixate
/ (藞f瑟kse瑟t) /

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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Medical definitions for fixate

fixate
[ f沫ks膩t鈥 ]

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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