[ uh b-sest ]
/ əbˈsɛst /


having an obsession (usually followed by with or by): He is obsessed with eliminating guilt.
having or displaying signs of an obsession: The audiophile entered the record store wearing an obsessed smile.

Nearby words

  1. observatory,
  2. observe,
  3. observedly,
  4. observer,
  5. obsess,
  6. obsession,
  7. obsessional,
  8. obsessive,
  9. obsessive-compulsive,
  10. obsessive-compulsive disorder

Origin of obsessed

First recorded in 1835–45; obsess + -ed2

Related formsself-ob·sessed, adjectiveun·ob·sessed, adjective


[ uhb-ses ]
/ əbˈsɛs /

verb (used with object)

to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally: Suspicion obsessed him.

verb (used without object)

to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something.

Origin of obsess

1495–1505; < Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidēre to occupy, frequent, besiege, equivalent to ob- ob- + -sid(ēre) combining form of sedēre to sit1

Related formsob·sess·ing·ly, adverbob·ses·sor, noun

Can be confusedabscess obsess

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British Dictionary definitions for obsessed


/ (əbˈsɛs) /


(tr; when passive, foll by with or by) to preoccupy completely; haunt
(intr; usually foll by on or over) to worry neurotically or obsessively; brood

Word Origin for obsess

C16: from Latin obsessus besieged, past participle of obsidēre, from ob- in front of + sedēre to sit

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