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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
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin fix(us) fixed, firm (see fix) + -ate1
Related forms
unfixated, adjective
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Examples 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

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 fixated
fixate
1926, originally in Freudian theory, 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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