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.
obsessionalplay \äb-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nəl, əb-\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of obsession from the Web
The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting.
Cooking for the skies is a fresh frontier for Boulud, but his obsession with presenting only the best of French cuisine has been successful in the sky as on the ground, and the Air France partnership just entered its second year.
Bakers are cashing in on Instagram’s cake obsession.
Obsession begins Adam, who requested that his last name be omitted for fear of being stigmatized, began gaming innocuously enough.
To be fair to the product designers, capturing in plastic the hirsute attributes that have become the obsession of Harington's many millions of fans probably requires a level of attention reserved for conservators at the Louvre.
Ukulele lessons for Emma, and an obsession with cars and trucks for Ethan.
June is rife with amazing new TV shows and movies headed to Netflix, including old favorites (Orange Is the New Black Season 5) and new obsessions (GLOW, Gypsy, and new movie Okja, starring Tilda Swinton).
Ready to add another Tarte product to your list of obsessions?
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First Known Use of obsession
OBSESSION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of obsession for Students
: a persistent abnormally strong interest in or concern about someone or something
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