Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To invest emotional energy in (a person, object or idea).

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  • v. To focus one's emotional energies on something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. to inject with libidinal energy.

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  • v. inject with libidinal energy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from cathexis.

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Back-formation from cathexis and cathectic.

Examples

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  • maybe with the help of a flying squirl?

    August 27, 2008

  • Every time I hear this word, I think of "decathecting", coined by Mike Doughty in this song.

    April 6, 2008

  • Back-formation from cathexis.

    August 9, 2007