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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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He collects and arranges his colorful foundlings with custodial precision--a kinky rigor that restores the dignity of those who overly cathect to household flotsam.
I'd like to discuss this in relation to the long elegy, "Typing 'Wild Speech,'" but first I'm curious about what you think of the moment when he writes "Things do not cathect they auto-respond we know this it's the principle of tragic.
The libidinal drive aims to cathect and in so doing finds objects for this purpose.
Bachelard represents space as archetypal; following Carl Jung, he thinks about how we cathect to spaces like the home or the shell and in so doing create universal metaphors of attachment and belonging.
In promotive interaction, students' efforts substitute for each other, students are inducible, and they positive cathect to each other's efforts to achieve the group goal.
What does it mean, for that matter--or maybe we should ask, what else could it mean--to cathect in a similar way a theoretical moment not one's own?
Collins approaches her subject matter with an authority grounded both in extensive research and in an intimate knowledge of the language's ability to resuscitate and cathect the past.
It is in this process of reinvesting English with the new syntax of Irish that Yeats was able to cathect his postcolonial anger.
He is able to successfully mourn his losses and is ready to cathect his psychic energies onto new objects of attachment (lines 34-39).
As readers they cathect onto Austen's novels precisely because they appear to have no plots.
a strategy of willed distance from particular objects in the world and the needs and desires that connect or cathect individuals to them" (1995, 67).
For example, when individuals cathect their perceptions of outside objects, they become more important and valuable.