obsess

verb ob·sess \ əb-ˈses , äb- \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of obsess

: to haunt or excessively preoccupy the mind of
  • was obsessed with the idea
  • She was obsessed with her car.
: to engage in obsessive thinking : become obsessed with an idea
  • He's always obsessing over money.

Examples of obsess in a Sentence

  1. The war obsesses him—he talks about nothing else.

  2. You need to stop obsessing and just deal with the problem.

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Origin and Etymology of obsess

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


OBSESS Defined for English Language Learners

obsess

Definition of obsess for English Language Learners

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

  • : to think and talk about someone or something too much


OBSESS Defined for Kids

obsess

verb ob·sess \ əb-ˈses \

Definition of obsess for Students

obsessed; obsessing
: to occupy the thoughts of completely or abnormally
  • A new scheme obsesses him.

Medical Dictionary

obsess

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

medical Definition of obsess

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


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