Definition of fixate in English:

fixate

Line breaks: fix¦ate
Pronunciation: /fɪkˈseɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
1 (often be fixated on/upon) Cause (someone) to develop an obsessive attachment to someone or something: he became fixated on the idea of a Third World War
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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.
Synonyms
obsessed with, preoccupied with/by, obsessive about, single-minded about, possessed by, gripped by, in the grip of; engrossed in, immersed in, taken up with, wrapped up in; devoted to, dedicated to; enthusiastic about, fanatical about; infatuated with, besotted with; focused, keen, hell-bent
informal hung up on, hooked on, gone on, wild on, nuts about, potty about, dotty about, crazy about
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle
1.1 [no object] (fixate on/upon) Develop a fixation with: erotomaniacs are convinced that the person they have fixated on loves them in return
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  • The electoral system has been highjacked by two factions of the same party catering to elite interests, and fixated upon inflexible beliefs and policies suited to yesteryears problems.
  • David L Smith of New Jersey wrote the Melissa mass mailing virus, which he released in March 1999, reportedly as a ‘tribute’ to a Florida lap dancer he was fixated upon.
  • Essentially, the ‘fetish’ is identified by Freud as something that is fixated upon as a substitute or representative for sex, and thus is inextricably linked to the sexual act.
1.2(In Freudian theory) arrest (a person or their libidinal energy) at an immature stage, causing an obsessive attachment: an individual may have been fixated at one stage of development
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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 towards: subjects fixated a central point
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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.

Origin

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

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