verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of obsess
Examples from the Web for obsess
The professor known as Wittgenstein (and Iyer) obsess about the notion of thought itself on almost every page.Lars Iyer’s ‘Wittgenstein Jr.’ Plumbs the Deep Fun of Philosophical Fiction|Drew Smith|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do we obsess over celebrities because we want to be perfect?
Or do we want to be perfect because we obsess over celebrities?
If all goes as planned, Alig soon will face his fans, those who blog about him, follow his tweets, and obsess over Party Monster.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act|Caitlin Dickson|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think we obsess over a lot of the same details in a situation.‘Portlandia’ Duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Discuss the Secrets to the Cult Show’s Success|Marlow Stern|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The desire that possesses a person to live now will, with equal attraction, obsess him later.Tyranny of God|Joseph Lewis
It was the watch for the ancient Being who sought to obsess him.Three John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
The old chimera of turning the cold woman to warmth through his own passion began to obsess him.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Images, visions, obsess with particular force, men withdrawn from the sights and sounds of active life.Chance|Joseph Conrad
The fear she had expressed to Tunis Latham the evening before did not obsess her.Sheila of Big Wreck Cove|James A. Cooper
Word Origin for obsess
c.1500, "to besiege," from Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidere "watch closely; besiege, occupy; stay, remain, abide" literally "sit opposite to," from ob "against" (see ob-) + sedere "sit" (see sedentary). Of evil spirits, "to haunt," from 1530s. Psychological sense is 20c. Related: Obsessed; obsessing.