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Meaning of obsess by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    obsess ( third-person singular simple present obsesses present participle obsessing, simple past and past participle obsessed )

    1. ( passive, constructed with with ) To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion .
      Some people are obsessed with sports .
    2. ( transitive ) To dominate the thoughts of someone .
      Thoughts of her obsess my every waking moment .
    3. ( intransitive, colloquial, construed with over ) To think or talk obsessively about .
      Stop obsessing over it, will you!

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    • obsess in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • obsess in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


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Explanation of obsess by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. haunt like a ghost

    2. be preoccupied with something

    3. She is obsessing over her weight

    Definition of obsess by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. obsess v. t. [L. obsessus, p. p. of obsidere to besiege; ob ( see Ob- ) + sedere to sit.]
      1. To besiege; to beset. [archaic] Sir T. Elyot.

      2. To excessively preoccupy the thoughts or feelings of; to haunt the mind persistently.

    2. obsess v. i. To be excessively or persistently preoccupied with something; -- usually used with on or over; as, “to obsess over an imagined insult”.

      At all ages children are driven to figure out what it takes to succeed among their peers and to give these strategies precedence over anything their parents foist on them. Weary parents know they are no match for a child's peers, and rightly obsess over the best neighborhood in which to bring their children up. Steven Pinker ( How the Mind Works, p. 449-450 [1997] ).