follow Dictionary.com

7 Essential Words of Fall

obsessed

[uh b-sest] /əbˈsɛst/
adjective
1.
having an obsession (usually followed by with or by):
He is obsessed with eliminating guilt.
2.
having or displaying signs of an obsession:
The audiophile entered the record store wearing an obsessed smile.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; obsess + -ed2
Related forms
self-obsessed, adjective
unobsessed, adjective

obsess

[uh b-ses] /əbˈsɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
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)
2.
to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something.
Origin
1495-1505; < Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidēre to occupy, frequent, besiege, equivalent to ob- ob- + -sid(ēre) combining form of sedēre to sit
Related forms
obsessingly, adverb
obsessor, noun
Can be confused
abscess, obsess.
Synonyms
1. possess, control, haunt.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for obsessed
  • Of course, the urge to get above it all has obsessed photographers since the invention of the camera.
  • He was obsessed with tradition and obsessed with overturning it.
  • And for riders obsessed with the vibrations of jacket-flapping velocity, there is no alternative.
  • He's obsessed with the monster, convinced it will come for him in the night.
  • We're obsessed with sylphlike slimness, yet heading toward obesity.
  • Eli became obsessed with the shape of one and asked us not to burn it.
  • She obsessed over fitness and appearance, was probably anorexic, and was never happy in her marriage.
  • She is abnormally obsessed with fear of wearing this collar.
  • Half the time, they don't even know what they're shooting-they're so obsessed with the latest gun, the latest camo pattern.
  • Cable companies appear to be obsessed with the pursuit of more revenue even if it means superfluous power consumption.
British Dictionary definitions for obsessed

obsess

/əbˈsɛs/
verb
1.
(transitive; when passive, foll by with or by) to preoccupy completely; haunt
2.
(intransitive; usually foll by on or over) to worry neurotically or obsessively; brood
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obsessus besieged, past participle of obsidēre, from ob- in front of + sedēre to sit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for obsessed
adj.

mid-15c., "tormented, obsessed," past participle adjective from obsess. Originally especially "possessed" by a devil, etc.

obsess

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for obsessed

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for obsessed

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with obsessed