Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb fixate

4 senses of fixate

Sense 1
fixate -- (attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way; "He fixates on his mother, even at the age of 40")
       => bind, tie, attach, bond -- (create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child")

Sense 2
fixate -- (pay attention to exclusively and obsessively; "The media are fixating on Princess Diana's death")
       => attend, hang, advert, pay heed, give ear -- (give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They attended to everything he said")

Sense 3
fixate, fix -- (make fixed, stable or stationary; "let's fix the picture to the frame")
       => attach -- (cause to be attached)

Sense 4
fixate, settle on -- (become fixed (on); "Her eyes fixated on a point on the horizon")
       => freeze, stop dead -- (stop moving or become immobilized; "When he saw the police car he froze")

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