[fik-seyt] /ˈfɪk seɪt/

verb (used with object), fixated, fixating.
to ; make stable or stationary.
verb (used without object), fixated, fixating.
to become .
Psychoanalysis. to develop a ; suffer an arrest in one’s emotional or sexual development.
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
(transitive; usually passive) (informal) to obsess or preoccupy

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.

fixate fix·ate (fĭk’sāt’)
v. fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing, fix·ates


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