Definition of fixate in English:


Syllabification: fix·ate
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.
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    • 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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