AskDefine | Define obsess

Dictionary Definition



1 haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her" [syn: haunt, ghost]
2 be preoccupied with something; "She is obsessing over her weight"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. In the context of "passive|contrued with with": To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion.
    Some people are obsessed with sports.
  2. To dominate the thoughts of someone.
    Thoughts of her obsess my every waking moment.
  3. To think or talk obsessively about.
    Stop obsessing over it, will you!


To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion
To dominate the thoughts of someone
To think or talk obsessively about

Extensive Definition

The term Obsession may refer to:








See also

obsess in German: Obsession (Begriffsklärung)
obsess in French: Obsession
obsess in Italian: Obsession

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absorb, absorb the attention, arrest, be remembered, bedevil, beset, bewitch, burden, catch, charm, compel, control, crush one, demonize, devilize, diabolize, dominate, drive, enchant, engage, engage the attention, engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross, engross the mind, engross the thoughts, enthrall, exercise, exhaust, fascinate, grab, grip, hant, harass, haunt, haunt the memory, hex, hold, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hoodoo, hypnotize, immerse, impel, infatuate, involve, involve the interest, jinx, make an impression, mesmerize, monopolize, never be forgotten, not let go, occupy, occupy the attention, oppress, overlook, penetrate, plague, possess, preoccupy, prey on, rankle, sink in, spellbind, spook, take over, take up, tire, torment, voodoo, wear out, wear upon one, weary, weigh upon, weight down, witch
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