Definition of fixate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfikˌsāt/


[with object]
1 (usually be fixated on/upon) Cause (someone) to acquire an obsessive attachment to someone or something: she has for some time been fixated on photography
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  • It turned out that a teenage girl was fixated with the idea of vampires and she gained a following in the area of other like-minded teenagers.
  • For some reason, I'm seriously fixated with Judd.
  • I'm fixated with reality itself, with what it means to exist, what is beyond this reality - questions that nobody knows the answers to.
obsessed with, preoccupied with, obsessive about;
focused on, keen on, gripped by, engrossed in, immersed in, wrapped up in, enthusiastic about, fanatical about
informal hooked on, wild for/about, nuts for/about, crazy for/about
1.1 [no object] (fixate on/upon) Acquire an obsessive attachment to: it is important not to fixate on animosity
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  • High achievers can easily fixate on their flaws, obsessing about minor problems until they've blown them out of proportion.
  • When I fixate on something, it becomes a major obsession.
  • She's having marital difficulties, but can't stop fixating on her clockwork household.
1.2(In Freudian theory) arrest (a person or their libidinal energy) at an immature stage, causing an obsessive attachment.
Example sentences
  • Both neurotics and perverts, therefore, were fixated at early stages of sexual development, but dealt with this fixation differently.
  • ‘Normal’ development proceeded along this path, but the development could be fixated at the earlier stages.
2 technical Direct one’s eyes toward: subjects fixated a central point [no object]: there is tendency to fixate near the beginning of the line of print
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  • Four observers viewed the display shown in Figure 1, and fixated the central cross.
  • Specifically, there was a tendency to fixate objects sharing the target's contrast polarity and shape and this did not change even upon transfer to the new target.
  • We defined inspection behavior as an approach toward the model predator in a tentative manner while visually fixating the model predator.


Late 19th century: from Latin fixus, past participle of figere (see fix) + -ate3.

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Syllabification: fix·ate

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