obsess

verb
ob·​sess | \ əb-ˈses How to pronounce obsess (audio) , äb-\
obsessed; obsessing; obsesses

Definition of obsess

transitive verb

: to haunt or excessively preoccupy the mind of was obsessed with the idea She was obsessed with her car.

intransitive verb

: to engage in obsessive thinking : become obsessed with an idea He's always obsessing over money.

Examples of obsess in a Sentence

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

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Both Kourtney and Khloé point out that when Kim was young, she was obsessed with court TV shows, as well as true-crime programming. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 But really this time: Brace yourselves for next week's This Is Us episode — especially if you're obsessed with Beth and Randall. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Us’s Emotional Promo for Next Week Has Everyone Worked Up Over Randall and Beth," 20 Mar. 2019 In particular, Schultz is obsessed with the hoariest concern of serious Beltway types: the national debt. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Howard Schultz’s Third Way," 6 June 2018 Both were obsessed with turning Sir John into a hero and martyr for British glory. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Finding John Rae’ imagines inner life of Arctic explorer who discovered the Franklin expedition’s grisly fate," 26 May 2018 By the early 1990s, tabloids were obsessed with Glenn’s love life. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Glenn Close's Husbands and Relationships," 24 Feb. 2019 There’s a good reason infectious disease experts are basically obsessed with this hygiene habit. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 Illustration: Laura Kammermann Michael Alan Chance Green, who worked on a ranch as a cowboy, was obsessed with professional wrestler and entertainer Terry Funk. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Armed and Dangerous: How the ATF Retrieves Guns From Banned Buyers," 19 Feb. 2019 How Turner Keeps Breakouts at Bay View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Jan 15, 2019 at 12:47pm PST Rightfully so, everyone's obsessed with Turner's hair. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shares Her Date Night Beauty Routine and Top Hair Coloring Tips," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of obsess

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for obsess

Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidēre to frequent, besiege, from ob- against + sedēre to sit — more at ob-, sit

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obsess

verb

English Language Learners Definition of obsess

: to be the only person or thing that someone thinks or talks about
informal : to think and talk about someone or something too much

obsess

verb
ob·​sess | \ əb-ˈses How to pronounce obsess (audio) \
obsessed; obsessing

Kids Definition of obsess

: to occupy the thoughts of completely or abnormally A new scheme obsesses him.
ob·​sess | \ əb-ˈses, äb- How to pronounce obsess (audio) \

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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