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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.
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vb (tr)
to invest mental or emotional energy in
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(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.
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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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I have argued that poems are better than most things one might learn as way to cathect a foreign culture, to come to have some stake in it.
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 eerie thing about the statement is that while Ward is clearly addressing us, his audience, there's no direct object.
The German word for "occupy," besetzen, is the same as that which Freud employed to signify the concept generally rendered in English as "cathect." (4) The occupation of Wall Street ironically enacted a kind of decathexis of the primary, sacralized workings of finance capital.
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?" They answer, "Some of what we're up to is the ordinary literary-critical lover's discourse: we want to propagate among readers nodes of reception for what we take to be an unfamiliar and highly exciting set of moves and tonalities." This means, in a much-examined Socratic fashion, that to love is to teach and to teach is to love, that pedagogy and passion are fused.
Anxiety becomes now an affect whose aim is to "cathect" the psychic apparatus in a way that preserves it against violent incursions, infusing it with a vigilant energy that makes it possible to process even extreme increases in incoming stimuli and so to neutralize the factor of surprise.
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.
(25.) La autora utiliza el verbo "cathect" que en psicoanalisis significa concentrar la energia psiquica en alguna persona, cosa o idea en particular.