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1Cause (someone) to acquire an obsessive attachment to someone or something.‘she has for some time been fixated on photography’
obsessed with, preoccupied by, preoccupied with, obsessive about, single-minded about, possessed by, gripped by, in the grip ofengrossed in, immersed in, taken up with, wrapped up indevoted to, dedicated toenthusiastic about, fanatical aboutinfatuated with, besotted withfocused, keen, hell-benthung up on, hooked on, gone on, wild on, nuts about, potty about, dotty about, crazy aboutwackadoo, wackadoodleView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘For some reason, I'm seriously fixated with Judd.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He is fixated on the body to an almost pathological degree.’
- ‘I was fixated by the literature and artwork style of the Celtic period.’
- ‘I mean, people have become fixated on this December 12th date, which is really irrelevant.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Finally, let me point out that I'm not fixated by Elvis.’
- ‘And as I came to understand, the woman was totally fixated on money and I should have done it.’
- ‘In the face of enormous success, we in the media seem to be fixated on attaching the stench of failure.’
- ‘I'm fixated with reality itself, with what it means to exist, what is beyond this reality - questions that nobody knows the answers to.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Because Americans are fixated on celebrity, particularly when violence is involved, the two become stars.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If an aspiring writer can't help but become fixated on a grammatical error in a love letter, is this a curse?’
- ‘That is simply delusion - she was just fixated by me.’
- ‘The prosecution claims Campbell was sexually fixated with his niece, but she had grown tired of his advances.’
- ‘I'm suggesting that he was fixated on her, based on the hundreds of phone calls that he made to her.’
- ‘Painter and printmaker Jason Urban is fixated on America's superheroes.’
- 1.1[no object]Acquire an obsessive attachment to.‘it is important not to fixate on animosity’
- ‘She's having marital difficulties, but can't stop fixating on her clockwork household.’
- ‘She fixates on the bus schedule in the town that she lives, and she knows every bus driver, what route they take.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2(in Freudian theory) arrest (a person or their libidinal energy) at an immature stage, causing an obsessive attachment.
preoccupy, absorb, engageView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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.’
- ‘Four observers viewed the display shown in Figure 1, and fixated the central cross.’
- ‘Rose fixated her with a cold stare.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from Latin fixus, past participle of figere (see fix) + -ate.
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