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[fik-seyt] /ˈfɪk seɪt/
verb (used with object), fixated, fixating.
to fix; make stable or stationary.
verb (used without object), fixated, fixating.
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
Related forms
unfixated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fixate
  • Because that encourages us to fixate on what we're missing or losing, rather than what we're gaining.
  • The weight you maintain when you don't fixate on your weight or food habits.
  • Management gurus fixate on the next big trend in such areas as innovation or business models.
  • It is comically primitive to fixate on one particular item.
  • Inequality is indeed a frequent side-effect of injustice, but it is benighted to fixate on symptoms to the neglect of the disease.
  • Well, if you fixate on one cheese in particular, then you've a problem.
  • Text maps of five of the subjects with scotomas showed that they used the same peripheral retinal area to scan text and fixate.
  • The patient is asked to fixate on the eccentric hand and then, on command, to shift the gaze to the hand at the primary position.
British Dictionary definitions for fixate


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
Word Origin
C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate1
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Word Origin and History for fixate

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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