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verb ob·sess \əb-ˈses, äb-\

: to be the only person or thing that someone thinks or talks about

: to think and talk about someone or something too much

Full Definition of OBSESS

transitive verb
:  to haunt or excessively preoccupy the mind of <was obsessed with the idea>
intransitive verb
:  to engage in obsessive thinking :  become obsessed with an idea

Examples of OBSESS

  1. The war obsesses him—he talks about nothing else.
  2. You need to stop obsessing and just deal with the problem.

Origin of OBSESS

Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidēre to frequent, besiege, from ob- against + sedēre to sit — more at ob-, sit
First Known Use: 1531
OBSESSED Defined for Kids


verb ob·sess \əb-ˈses\

Definition of OBSESS for Kids

:  to occupy the thoughts of completely or abnormally <A new scheme obsesses him.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb ob·sess \əb-ˈses, äb-\

Medical Definition of OBSESS

:  to preoccupy intensely or abnormally <was obsessed with success>
intransitive verb
:  to engage in obsessive thinking <solve problems rather than obsess about them—Carol Tavris>


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