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v. fix·at·ed, fix·at·ing, fix·ates
a. To cause (a person or the eyes) to look at or pay attention to something steadily: "My eyes were fixated on his playful, deep-set brown eyes" (Bernard Lown).
b. To focus one's eyes or attention on: "When you fixate the closer of the two fingers, the one further away is seen double" (Robert F. Schmidt and Gerhard Thews).
2. To command the attention of exclusively or repeatedly; preoccupy obsessively: "TV and newspapers were fixated on high-technology as the solution to almost everything" (Jay Walljasper).
a. To cause to become emotionally attached in an immature or pathological manner.
b. In classical psychoanalysis, to cause (the libido) to be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.
1. To focus the eyes or attention.
a. To become attached to a person or thing in an immature or pathological way; form a fixation.
b. To be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.
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1. to become or cause to become fixed
2. to direct the eye or eyes at a point in space so that the image of the point falls on the centre (fovea) of the eye or eyes
3. (Psychology) psychol to engage in fixation
4. (tr; usually passive) informal to obsess or preoccupy
[C19: from Latin fixus fixed + -ate1]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to fix; make stable or stationary.
2. to concentrate one's attention on.v.i.
3. to concentrate one's attention (often followed by on).
4. to develop a fixation.
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Past participle: fixated
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|Verb||1.||fixate - attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way; "He fixates on his mother, even at the age of 40"|
|2.||fixate - pay attention to exclusively and obsessively; "The media are fixating on Princess Diana's death"|
|3.||fixate - make fixed, stable or stationary; "let's fix the picture to the frame"|
attach - cause to be attached
|4.||fixate - become fixed (on); "Her eyes fixated on a point on the horizon"|
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B. VI to fixate on sth/sb → obsesionarse con algo/algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
fixatevt (ortho, form) fijar; vi (psych, etc.) obsesionarse
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