[ uhb-ses ]
/ əbˈsɛs /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR obsess
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Origin of obsess
OTHER WORDS FROM obsessob·sess·ing·ly, adverbob·ses·sor, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obsessabscess, obsess
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How to use obsess in a sentence
Like Hill House, the series is gently obsessed with families — this time including found families as well as nuclear — and with death.Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a calm, loving study in how to exorcise your ghosts|Aja Romano|October 9, 2020|Vox
Shaw observed, “For me, the biggest takeaway is the growing importance of focusing on conversions from your Google listing instead of just obsessing about rankings.”Google My Business and reviews gain in 2020 Local Ranking Factors survey|Greg Sterling|October 5, 2020|Search Engine Land
I was not thinking about it that abstractly, but I was obsessed with Twitter because the whole blog conversation, it just moved over to Twitter.The World Is Ben Smith’s. Now What?|Eugene Robinson|September 24, 2020|Ozy
At a time when we obsess with youth and quick success, Ginsburg never exactly “peaked” in her long career.Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing feels like millions of women have lost their bubbie|jakemeth|September 22, 2020|Fortune
There was a time when obsessing over internet speed was a niche sport.Follow these steps to supercharge your wifi|Anne Quito|September 20, 2020|Quartz
British Dictionary definitions for obsess
/ (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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