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to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).


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  • Catheter

    a flexible or rigid hollow tube employed to drain fluids from body cavities or to distend body passages, especially one for passing into the bladder through the urethra to draw off urine or into the heart through a leg vein or arm vein for diagnostic examination. Historical Examples The catheter is now gently withdrawn until […]

  • Cathexis

    the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea. the charge of psychic energy so invested. Contemporary Examples Drooling over such luxury was supposed to result in a cathexis of the Ralph Lauren label. The Year of Fashion Photography Philip Gefter September 30, 2009 noun (pl) -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz) (psychoanal) concentration of psychic energy […]

  • Cathouse

    brothel; whorehouse. Historical Examples Went out of here to die, get drunk, go back to work in a cathouse or pushing dope—I don’t care. The Trial of Callista Blake Edgar Pangborn noun (US & Canadian) a slang word for brothel noun A cheap lodging house; flophouse (1915+ Hoboes) A brothel: New Orleans was proud and […]

  • Cation

    a positively charged ion that is attracted to the cathode in electrolysis. any positively charged atom or group of atoms (opposed to anion). Historical Examples The remainder of the molecule, which usually consists of a single atom, is the cation. An Elementary Study of Chemistry William McPherson It will be noticed that in neutralization the […]

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