Definition of fixate in English:



  • 1Cause (someone) to develop an obsessive attachment to someone or something.

    ‘he became fixated on the idea of a Third World War’
    • ‘She doesn't seem to be doing anything these days, and yet people like me are still fixated on her every move.’
    • ‘He is fixated on the body to an almost pathological degree.’
    • ‘Because Americans are fixated on celebrity, particularly when violence is involved, the two become stars.’
    • ‘I mean, people have become fixated on this December 12th date, which is really irrelevant.’
    • ‘And as I came to understand, the woman was totally fixated on money and I should have done it.’
    • ‘That is simply delusion - she was just fixated by me.’
    • ‘I have been trying to remember when I became so fixated by it, but I cannot recall a time when I was ever bored by sex, or not into it, or didn't think about it.’
    • ‘In the face of enormous success, we in the media seem to be fixated on attaching the stench of failure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the moment I watched my grandma's television set, with its little screen in the middle of what looked like a chest of drawers, I was fixated.’
    • ‘Painter and printmaker Jason Urban is fixated on America's superheroes.’
    • ‘Finally, let me point out that I'm not fixated by Elvis.’
    • ‘An estranged husband was so fixated with his wife that he embarked on a two-year stalking campaign during which he followed her with a camcorder.’
    • ‘But while we are healthier for longer, we are fixated with mortality.’
    • ‘If an aspiring writer can't help but become fixated on a grammatical error in a love letter, is this a curse?’
    • ‘I was fixated by the literature and artwork style of the Celtic period.’
    • ‘The prosecution claims Campbell was sexually fixated with his niece, but she had grown tired of his advances.’
    • ‘I'm fixated with reality itself, with what it means to exist, what is beyond this reality - questions that nobody knows the answers to.’
    • ‘I'm suggesting that he was fixated on her, based on the hundreds of phone calls that he made to her.’
    • ‘For some reason, I'm seriously fixated with Judd.’
    obsessed with, preoccupied by, preoccupied with, 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
    hung up on, hooked on, gone on, wild on, nuts about, potty about, dotty about, crazy about
    wackadoo, wackadoodle
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    1. 1.1[no object]Develop a fixation with.
      ‘erotomaniacs are convinced that the person they have fixated on loves them in return’
      • ‘Instead, they fixate upon the mysterious influence which he is believed to have exerted over its editorial staff.’
      • ‘That had been their goal, and all that they had been 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 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’
      • ‘‘Normal’ development proceeded along this path, but the development could be fixated at the earlier stages.’
      • ‘Both neurotics and perverts, therefore, were fixated at early stages of sexual development, but dealt with this fixation differently.’
      preoccupy, absorb, engage
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  • 2technical Direct one's eyes towards.

    ‘subjects fixated a central point’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She fixated me with a composed gaze, her mouth set in determination.’
    • ‘Four observers viewed the display shown in Figure 1, and fixated the central cross.’
    • ‘Rose fixated her with a cold stare.’


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