- to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally: Suspicion obsessed him.
- to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something.
Origin of obsess
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Examples from the Web for obsesses
Worse, she obsesses over this with all of the friends and then tries to incorporate shark imagery into their sex life.15 Times ‘Friends’ Was Really, Really Weird
September 18, 2014
What follows shows the vanity that obsesses our young and rising authors.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
Their memory haunts me, obsesses me, torments me, remains with me like a wound.Original Short Stories, Volume 10 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
How do you explain the mystery of that dream which obsesses me?The Daughter of Heaven
The so-called sex story, the sex problem, obsesses the writers.The Nervous Housewife
That Koupriane makes himself important with his police-agents and obsesses us all.The Secret of the Night
- (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 and History for obsesses
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.