[ 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.

Origin of fixate

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


un·fix·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fixate

/ (ˈfɪkseɪt) /


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

[ fĭksāt′ ]


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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