obsession

noun
ob·​ses·​sion | \ äb-ˈse-shən How to pronounce obsession (audio) , əb-\

Definition of obsession

1 : a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling broadly : compelling motivation an obsession with profits has an obsession with gambling
2 : something that causes an obsession Losing weight can be an obsession that results in the avoidance of certain foods.

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Other Words from obsession

obsessional \ äb-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce obsessional (audio) , -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl , əb-​ \ adjective
obsessionally adverb

Examples of obsession in a Sentence

He was fascinated by the actress and tracking her every move had become an obsession. She has an obsession about cleanliness. Her concern about cleanliness approaches the level of obsession. Money has become an obsession for him.
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Galasso and Sard aren’t interested in that jokey, dad-core vibe; their obsession lies in the shirt’s history, which traces back to the ’40s and ’50s. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Brand Is Bringing Back the “Golden Era” of Hawaiian Shirts," 11 Mar. 2019 That sparked his obsession with prints, of which there are several types, including lithographs, woodcuts and aquatints. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "An Art Collector On a Mission to Share His Passion," 25 Jan. 2019 Given our internet-age obsession with collaborations, this would be a huge problem for a lot of big-box retailers that increasingly rely on the mildest associations with anything cool. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 Netflix just dropped a super spooky, totally badass teaser trailer for season 2 of your new obsession. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2," 6 Dec. 2018 Our wig obsession is reaching a fever pitch, and the celeb set is doing little to quell that. Jacqueline Laurean Yates, Allure, "Wig Goals & Lace-Front Holes: How Porsha Williams Cares for Her Epic Wig Collection," 20 Sep. 2018 These people are just downright sick in their obsession to hate the president. Fox News, "Reps. Jordan, Meadows react to Strzok-Page texts about leaks," 12 Sep. 2018 Don’t leave your latest gaming obsession at your desk. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Laptops Powerful Enough to Take Your Gaming On the Go," 25 May 2018 Getty Images Despite the internet’s current obsession with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s chemistry, his girlfriend Irina Shayk is still good friends with Gaga. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga and Irina Shayk Really Are Great Friends," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of obsession

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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obsession

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obsession

: a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal
: someone or something that a person thinks about constantly or frequently
: an activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing

obsession

noun
ob·​ses·​sion | \ əb-ˈse-shən How to pronounce obsession (audio) \

Kids Definition of obsession

: a persistent abnormally strong interest in or concern about someone or something

obsession

noun
ob·​ses·​sion | \ äb-ˈsesh-ən, əb- How to pronounce obsession (audio) \

Medical Definition of obsession

: a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling also : something that causes such preoccupation — compare compulsion, phobia

Other Words from obsession

obsessional \ -​ˈsesh-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce obsessional (audio) \ adjective

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