V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to obsess or be preoccupied with something; 2. to focus or concentrate on something; 3. to center, secure, or stabilize something

Synonyms: obsess, concentrate, preoccupy, focus, stick, attach, secure, stabilize, center

Antonyms: let go

Tips: Fixate is derived from the Latin fix, from figere, “to fix.” When you fixate on something, you "fix" all your focus and concentration on that thing, often at an unhealthy level. The related verb, to affix, means "to attach." So, when you attach your focus to something and fixate on it, you become fixated (adj.)

Usage Examples:

Vincent Van Gogh would fixate exclusively on his paintings during their creation. (concentrate, focus)

Don't fixate your eyes upon the sun for more than a second. (focus, center)

He couldn't help fixating on the man's stained shirt when talking to him. (staring obsessively, focusing)

It's not productive to fixate on past mistakes; it's best to learn from them and move forward. (obsess, focus)

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