obsessed

adjective ob·sessed \ əb-ˈsest , äb- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of obsessed

: 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

obsessedly

play \əb-ˈse-səd-lē, -ˈsest-lē, äb-\ adverb
    • "He wants her to be free of him and she doesn't know that she is obsessedly in love with him."
    • —Anthony Hopkins

First Known Use of obsessed

1888

in the meaning defined above

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