obsession

noun ob·ses·sion \ äb-ˈse-shən , əb- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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.

obsessional

play \äb-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nᵊl, əb-\ adjective

obsessionally

adverb

Examples of obsession in a Sentence

  1. He was fascinated by the actress and tracking her every move had become an obsession.

  2. She has an obsession about cleanliness.

  3. Her concern about cleanliness approaches the level of obsession.

  4. Money has become an obsession for him.

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First Known Use of obsession

1680


OBSESSION Defined for English Language Learners

obsession

noun

Definition of obsession for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

obsession

noun ob·ses·sion \ əb-ˈse-shən \

Definition of obsession for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

obsession

noun ob·ses·sion \ äb-ˈsesh-ən, əb- \

medical Definition of obsession

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

obsessional

play \-ˈsesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl\ adjective


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