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 (kə-thĕkt′, kă-)
tr.v. ca·thect·ed, ca·thect·ing, ca·thects
To invest emotional energy in (a person, object, or idea).

[Back-formation from cathexis.]

ca·thec′tic adj.


vb (tr)
to invest mental or emotional energy in


(kəˈθɛkt, kæ-)

v.t. Psychoanal.
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
[1930–35; back formation from cathectic relating to cathexis]
ca•thec′tic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cathect - inject with libidinal energy
energize, perk up, energise, stimulate, arouse, brace - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
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