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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 fixated
  • The postmodern left has become as fixated on its one value as the anti-modern mullahs are on theirs.
  • To be fixated on anything implies an abiding devotion to exacting detail, and trusting in the details to deliver the goods.
  • But early-twentieth-century society was obsessed with blue-collar workers, fixated on them, bewitched by them.
  • But once the badger is fixated on something, it seldom deviates from what it's trying to get.
  • The entire country is fixated on the question of who will replace them.
  • The owner is fixated on every single review of one property.
  • Salesmen, fixated on winning contracts at any cost, forgot how to step away from unprofitable deals.
  • Our education system is too fixated at the former, and cannot comprehend the latter.
  • They were mostly fixated on the value of the dollar and expected it to decline rapidly to fix the imbalances.
  • The point of these chemicals is to sharpen the spotlight, to keep us fixated on the task at hand.
British Dictionary definitions for fixated


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 fixated



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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fixated 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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