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English verb: fixate

1. fixate (social) attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way

SamplesHe fixates on his mother, even at the age of 40.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)attach, bind, bond, tie

2. fixate (perception) pay attention to exclusively and obsessively

SamplesThe media are fixating on Princess Diana's death.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)advert, attend, give ear, hang, pay heed

3. fixate (change) make fixed, stable or stationary

SamplesLet's fix the picture to the frame.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)attach

4. fixate (change) become fixed (on)

SamplesHer eyes fixated on a point on the horizon.

Synonymssettle on

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)freeze, stop dead

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