[ 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.
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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
Words nearby obsess
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British Dictionary definitions for obsessor
/ (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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