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’
    • ‘In the face of enormous success, we in the media seem to be fixated on attaching the stench of failure.’
    • ‘I was fixated by the literature and artwork style of the Celtic period.’
    • ‘Painter and printmaker Jason Urban is fixated on America's superheroes.’
    • ‘The prosecution claims Campbell was sexually fixated with his niece, but she had grown tired of his advances.’
    • ‘Because Americans are fixated on celebrity, particularly when violence is involved, the two become stars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If an aspiring writer can't help but become fixated on a grammatical error in a love letter, is this a curse?’
    • ‘He is fixated on the body to an almost pathological degree.’
    • ‘But while we are healthier for longer, we are fixated with mortality.’
    • ‘I mean, people have become fixated on this December 12th date, which is really irrelevant.’
    • ‘That is simply delusion - she was just fixated by me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She doesn't seem to be doing anything these days, and yet people like me are still fixated on her every move.’
    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. 1.1fixate on/upon[no object] Acquire an obsessive attachment to.
      ‘it is important not to fixate on animosity’
      • ‘When I fixate on something, it becomes a major obsession.’
      • ‘High achievers can easily fixate on their flaws, obsessing about minor problems until they've blown them out of proportion.’
      • ‘She fixates on the bus schedule in the town that she lives, and she knows every bus driver, what route they take.’
      • ‘She's having marital difficulties, but can't stop fixating on her clockwork household.’
    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’
    • ‘Rose fixated her with a cold stare.’
    • ‘She fixated me with a composed gaze, her mouth set in determination.’
    • ‘We defined inspection behavior as an approach toward the model predator in a tentative manner while visually fixating the model predator.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

fixate

/ˈfikˌsāt/