Definition of fixate in English:

fixate

Pronunciation /ˈfikˌsāt/ /ˈfɪkˌseɪt/

Translate fixate into Spanish

transitive 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is simply delusion - she was just fixated by me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, let me point out that I'm not fixated by Elvis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But while we are healthier for longer, we are fixated with mortality.’
    • ‘The prosecution claims Campbell was sexually fixated with his niece, but she had grown tired of his advances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Painter and printmaker Jason Urban is fixated on America's superheroes.’
    • ‘I mean, people have become fixated on this December 12th date, which is really irrelevant.’
    • ‘Because Americans are fixated on celebrity, particularly when violence is involved, the two become stars.’
    • ‘He is fixated on the body to an almost pathological degree.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She doesn't seem to be doing anything these days, and yet people like me are still fixated on her every move.’
    • ‘I'm suggesting that he was fixated on her, based on the hundreds of phone calls that he made to her.’
    obsessed with, preoccupied by, preoccupied with, obsessive about, single-minded about, possessed by, gripped by, in the grip of
    1. 1.1fixate on/uponno object Acquire an obsessive attachment to.
      ‘it is important not to fixate on animosity’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      bent, set, determined, insistent, fixed, resolved, hell-bent, keen
    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’
      • ‘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
  • 2technical Direct one's eyes toward.

    ‘subjects fixated a central point’
    • ‘there is tendency to fixate near the beginning of the line of print’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She fixated me with a composed gaze, her mouth set in determination.’
    • ‘Rose fixated her with a cold stare.’

Origin

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