[ fik-seyt ]
See synonyms for: fixatefixated on

verb (used without object),fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing.
  1. to obsessively concentrate one's attention (usually followed by on): Take something away from someone completely and they may fixate on it.

  2. Psychoanalysis. to develop a fixation; suffer an arrest in one's emotional or sexual development: The patient fixates in an incestuous libido cycle, seeking to reconnect with an earlier aspect of her history.

  1. to stabilize or become fixed.

  2. to focus the eyes on an object or point.

verb (used with object),fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing.
  1. to obsessively concentrate one's attention on.

  2. Psychoanalysis. to cause (one's psychosexual development) to be arrested at an early point in life.

  1. to make stable or stationary; fix: Using cement to fixate the cap on the head of the femur, while initially adding stability, has a chance of loosening in subsequent years.

    • to focus (the eyes) on an object or point: The eye muscles ordinarily fixate the two eyes on a single target.

    • to focus the eyes on (an object).

Origin of fixate

First recorded in 1880–85; from Latin fix(us) “fixed, firm” (see fix) + -ate1

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How to use fixate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fixate


/ (ˈfɪkseɪt) /

  1. to become or cause to become fixed

  2. 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

  1. psychol to engage in fixation

  2. (tr; usually passive) informal to obsess or preoccupy

Origin of fixate

C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate 1

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