ob·​sessed əb-ˈsest How to pronounce obsessed (audio)
: preoccupied with or haunted by some idea, interest, etc. : being in a state of obsession
This was because on vacations my father was a man obsessed.Bill Bryson
Gatsby the obsessed lover, erecting an empire and stringing it with lights to impress a girl …Claudia Roth Pierpont
She was at once obsessed with being a good person and brutal to the people who worked for her.Rachel Abramowitz
But it seems we're becoming so obsessed with healthy eating, we are embarking on up to three different diets a year.Unity Blott
sometimes used in combination
a sports-obsessed teenager
əb-ˈse-səd-lē How to pronounce obsessed (audio)
"He wants her to be free of him and she doesn't know that she is obsessedly in love with him." Anthony Hopkins

Examples of obsessed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Brody became obsessed with the Matt’s Special, and Rachel would order the Matt’s Special, and our whole cast would go to Canter’s late-night and order this sandwich. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023 She’s obsessed with finding tools for the home that balance form and function. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2023 Despite the defeats, Putin remained obsessed with controlling Ukraine. Bob Seely, Foreign Affairs, 24 Nov. 2023 In the months that followed, Calvin became obsessed with our new game. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2023 We were all obsessed with how romantic the ballroom felt. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Laura Blumenfeld became obsessed with finding out who had fired the bullet that barely missed her father's brain. ABC News, 21 Nov. 2023 By his early years of high school, Paras had become obsessed with Minecraft, an immersive online world that essentially presents a blocky, lo-res, nearly infinite metaverse. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 Anyone on your list who’s obsessed with the royals will be proud to own a bottle. Jake Smith, Glamour, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of obsessed was in 1888

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“Obsessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsessed. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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