fixate

[fik-seyt]
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:
1880–85; < Latin fix(us) fixed, firm (see fix) + -ate1

unfixated, adjective
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fixate (ˈfɪkseɪt)
 
vb
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.  informal (tr; usually passive) to obsess or preoccupy
 
[C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate1]

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fixate
1926, originally in Freudian theory, a back-formation from fixation. Related: Fixated; fixating.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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