obsess

verb
ob·​sess | \ əb-ˈses , 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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In the master bedroom, I’m obsessed with the idea of rosy, dusty, mauvy shades right now, which are certainly a nod to the 80s. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Is What a Dream Apartment by Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing Looks Like," 15 Oct. 2018 MAGIC KINGDOM Princess Fairytale HallIs your kid obsessed with Disney princesses? Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Get on Any Disney World Ride in 30 Minutes or Less," 8 Nov. 2018 You can be obsessed with it and see everyone all the time. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Apple's Find My Friends App Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 But by obsessing over fiscal targets, both sides have missed another chance to think creatively about reforms to stimulate growth. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Italian Budget Fudge," 20 Dec. 2018 And Jennifer isn't shy about publicly obsessing over Garten's recipes. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Ina Garten and Jennifer Garner Just Adorably Ate Animal-Style Burgers at In-N-Out Together," 7 Dec. 2018 Who wins, and in which category, is at best an expensive game — one that Hollywood will obsess over until the credits for the Oscar telecast finally roll in February. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes," 6 Dec. 2018 While the world is obsessing over Priyanka Chopra's upcoming wedding to Nick Jonas, I'll be holed up in my apartment, watching her music videos on a loop. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Was a Pop Star in 2013, and Everyone Slept on It," 30 Nov. 2018 But obsessing over the shoulda, woulda, couldas is fruitless. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "How to Stay Sane While Struggling to Get Pregnant," 1 Oct. 2018

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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 \
obsessed; obsessing

Kids Definition of obsess

: to occupy the thoughts of completely or abnormally A new scheme obsesses him.
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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