intransitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to direct and focus (the eyes) on (a point or object)
- Psychoanalysis to attach or arrest (the expression of the libidinal or aggressive drive) at an early stage of psychosexual development
- to focus on, or become preoccupied with, something, often obsessively so
Origin of fixatefrom Medieval Latin fixatus, past participle of fixare from fixus: see fix
verbfix·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 )
- 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 )
- Psychology 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.
- To focus the eyes or attention.
- Psychology 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.
(third-person singular simple present fixates, present participle fixating, simple past and past participle fixated)