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fix +‎ -ate


fixate (third-person singular simple present fixates, present participle fixating, simple past and past participle fixated)

  1. (transitive) To make something fixed and stable; to fix.
  2. To stare fixedly at something.
  3. (intransitive) To attend to something to the exclusion of all others; used with on.
    • 2020, Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji, Faber & Faber Ltd, page 202:
      He needed something to fixate on now that the repainting was done.
  4. (intransitive, psychology) To attach oneself to a person or thing in a pathological or neurotic manner; used with on.