Obsess meaning

əb-sĕs', ŏb-
To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.
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To preoccupy the mind of (someone) excessively.
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To haunt or trouble in mind, esp. to an abnormal degree; preoccupy greatly.
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To preoccupy the mind of someone excessively.
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To obsess is to think about someone or something to an extreme extent.

When a book captures your mind and you cannot put it down or stop thinking about it, this is an example of a time when the book obsesses you.

When you are consumed or haunted by thoughts of your lost love, this is an example of a time when you obsess.

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To be obsessed or preoccupied.
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(passive, constructed with with) To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion.

Some people are obsessed with sports.

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To dominate the thoughts of someone.

Thoughts of her obsess my every waking moment.

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(intransitive, colloquial, construed with over) To think or talk obsessively about.

Stop obsessing over it, will you!

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Origin of obsess

  • Latin obsidēre obsess- to beset, occupy ob- on ob– sedēre to sit sed- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin obsessus, perfect passive participle of obsideō (“sit on or in, remain, besiege"), from ob (“before") + sedeō (“I sit"); see sit, session, etc.; compare assess, possess.
    From Wiktionary