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fixate

(fĭk′sāt′)
v. fix·ated, fix·ating, fix·ates
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
1. To focus the eyes or attention.
2. 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.

fixate, fixated

See fixation.

fixate

Ophthalmology
To focus one’s eyes (gaze) on a particular point in space.

Psychology
To focus one’s attention on a particular thing, person or idea.
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It's worth the effort to become an effective communicator because most audiences fixate on the nonverbals: vocal tones, body language, facial expressions.
He or she may have high standards, but will likely fixate on every detail of a project, says Harvard Business Review.
The Lubrizol Corporation's personal and home care business introduced Fixate Design polymer (INCI: Polyacryiate-32) for the "ultimate formulation flexibility for clean, lustrous, long-lasting volume and hold in hair styling applications," according to the company.
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The facility employs the patented N-Viro Process to chemically fixate wastewater residuals in the production of a safe, stable, soil- like product.
In normal reading, the eye fixates on a word, and then zips to another word.
Wild Ella, the It girl, arrives in hopes of just having a good time and immediately fixates on her older sister's new boyfriend.
Though for Heidegger "modem" art ends with van Gogh (and always fixates on the handwrought), Sasse's state-of-the-art technique reveals a rather traditional, even classical aesthetic: one based on the notion that art is not a creation ex nihilo but always already a kind of prosthesis.
Perhaps trends come late to Canada, which would explain why he fixates on minor pop figures from the '80s - Morgan Fairchild, Lonni Anderson, Brigitte Nielsen - and ignores today's icons.
The pitch: The socially retarded Buck fixates en his straight boyhood chum, Chuck, as the object of his affections.