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fixate

[fik-seyt] /ˈfɪk seɪt/
verb (used with object), fixated, fixating.
1.
to fix; make stable or stationary.
verb (used without object), fixated, fixating.
2.
to become fixed.
3.
Psychoanalysis. to develop a fixation; suffer an arrest in one's emotional or sexual development.
Origin of fixate
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin fix(us) fixed, firm (see fix) + -ate1
Related forms
unfixated, adjective
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  • From here we see the perspective to the fantastic dreams which the camera can fixate.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Existences that are especially set aside to fixate and convey meanings are signs or symbols.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • These apparently are accounted for by involuntary eye-movements which take place regardless of the effort made to fixate vision.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
  • The more we fixate it, the more its clearness and distinctness increase.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
British Dictionary definitions for fixate

fixate

/ˈfɪkseɪt/
verb
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
3.
(psychol) to engage in fixation
4.
(transitive; usually passive) (informal) to obsess or preoccupy
Word Origin
C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate1
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Word Origin and History for fixate
v.

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.

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fixate in Medicine

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

  1. To make fixed, stable, or stationary.

  2. To focus one's eyes or attention on.

  3. To develop a fixation; become attached to in an immature or neurotic way.

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