Definition of fixate in English:

fixate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1usually be fixated on/uponCause (someone) to acquire an obsessive attachment to someone or something.

    ‘she has for some time been fixated on photography’
    • ‘That is simply delusion - she was just fixated by me.’
    • ‘Finally, let me point out that I'm not fixated by Elvis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If an aspiring writer can't help but become fixated on a grammatical error in a love letter, is this a curse?’
    • ‘And as I came to understand, the woman was totally fixated on money and I should have done it.’
    • ‘I'm suggesting that he was fixated on her, based on the hundreds of phone calls that he made to her.’
    • ‘I mean, people have become fixated on this December 12th date, which is really irrelevant.’
    • ‘She doesn't seem to be doing anything these days, and yet people like me are still fixated on her every move.’
    • ‘But while we are healthier for longer, we are fixated with mortality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm fixated with reality itself, with what it means to exist, what is beyond this reality - questions that nobody knows the answers to.’
    • ‘Because Americans are fixated on celebrity, particularly when violence is involved, the two become stars.’
    • ‘Painter and printmaker Jason Urban is fixated on America's superheroes.’
    • ‘He is fixated on the body to an almost pathological degree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was fixated by the literature and artwork style of the Celtic period.’
    • ‘In the face of enormous success, we in the media seem to be fixated on attaching the stench of failure.’
    • ‘For some reason, I'm seriously fixated with Judd.’
    • ‘The prosecution claims Campbell was sexually fixated with his niece, but she had grown tired of his advances.’
    obsessed with, preoccupied by, preoccupied with, obsessive about, single-minded about, possessed by, gripped by, in the grip of
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    1. 1.1fixate on/uponno object Acquire an obsessive attachment to.
      ‘it is important not to fixate on animosity’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘High achievers can easily fixate on their flaws, obsessing about minor problems until they've blown them out of proportion.’
      • ‘That had been their goal, and all that they had been fixated upon.’
      • ‘She's having marital difficulties, but can't stop fixating on her clockwork household.’
      • ‘Instead, they fixate upon the mysterious influence which he is believed to have exerted over its editorial staff.’
      • ‘When I fixate on something, it becomes a major obsession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She fixates on the bus schedule in the town that she lives, and she knows every bus driver, what route they take.’
      • ‘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.’
      bent, set, determined, insistent, fixed, resolved, hell-bent, keen
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    2. 1.2 (in Freudian theory) arrest (a person or their libidinal energy) at an immature stage, causing an obsessive attachment.
      • ‘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.’
      preoccupy, absorb, engage
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  • 2technical 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Four observers viewed the display shown in Figure 1, and fixated the central cross.’
    • ‘Rose fixated her with a cold stare.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

fixate

/ˈfɪkˌseɪt//ˈfikˌsāt/