obsess


obsess
01. My nephew is [obsessed] with computer games, so he plays for hours and hours.
02. Fear of losing his money [obsessed] him after his house was broken into.
03. He was [obsessed] by a fear of death after seeing his friend killed in an accident.
04. His wife is [obsessive] about cleanliness, and spends hours each day cleaning her house.
05. She washes her hands [obsessively], and is afraid of touching anyone because of germs.
06. Police have arrested a man who had an [obsession] for Jennifer Lopez, and was following her everywhere she went.
07. The young man became [obsessed] with hatred for his teacher after he failed his course.
08. My sister-in-law had an [obsession] with Leonard DiCaprio, and wrote him letters and tried to phone him.
09. Billie Jean King once remarked that no one changes the world who isn't [obsessed].
10. Artist Henry Moore once remarked that the creative habit is like a drug. The particular [obsession] changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
11. Singer Michael Jackson is apparently [obsessed] with a fear of germs, and often wears gloves, and a mask over his mouth when meeting strangers so that he doesn't catch any disease.
12. The private letters of Albert Einstein reveal a difficult personal life - married twice and indifferent toward his children while [obsessed] with physics.
13. My son's hobby of collecting Pokemon cards has become an [obsession] that regularly costs him his entire weekly allowance.
14. Henry Ford was [obsessed] with soybeans; he once wore a suit and tie made from soy-based material, served a 16-course meal made entirely from soybeans, and ordered many Ford auto parts to be made from soy-derived plastic.
15. Baseball in Venezuela is almost a national [obsession], with stadiums and teams in every town.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • obsess — ob*sess , v. i. To be excessively or persistently preoccupied with something; usually used with on or over; as, to obsess over an imagined insult. [PJC] At all ages children are driven to figure out what it takes to succeed among their peers and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obsess — has been used since the 16c as a transitive verb, often in the passive with obsessed as a quasi adjective: • Modern society is obsessed with romanticizing ancient societies Times, 1980. In the later part of the 20c a new intransitive use emerged …   Modern English usage

  • obsess — ob*sess , v. t. [L. obsessus, p. p. of obsidere to besiege; ob (see {Ob }) + sedere to sit.] 1. To besiege; to beset. [archaic] Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster] 2. To excessively preoccupy the thoughts or feelings of; to haunt the mind persistently.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obsess — I verb agitate, annoy, bedevil, beset, besiege, bewitch, compel, control, craze, dement, derange, discompose, disconcert, distress, dominate, drive, enthrall, gnaw, haunt, hold captive, hound, infatuate, madden, nag, overpower, pervade, plague,… …   Law dictionary

  • obsess — (v.) c.1500, to besiege, from L. obsessus, pp. of obsidere besiege, occupy, lit. sit opposite to, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + sedere sit (see SEDENTARY (Cf. sedentary)). Of evil spirits, to haunt, from 1530s …   Etymology dictionary

  • obsess — [v] preoccupy beset, consume, dominate, engross, grip, harass, haunt, hold, infatuate, possess, torment; concept 403 …   New thesaurus

  • obsess — ► VERB 1) (usu. be obsessed) fill the mind of (someone) continually and disturbingly. 2) informal, chiefly N. Amer. be preoccupied in this way. ORIGIN originally in the sense «haunt, possess», referring to an evil spirit: from Latin obsidere… …   English terms dictionary

  • obsess — ☆ obsess [əb ses′] vt. [< L obsessus, pp. of obsidere, to besiege < ob (see OB ) + sedere,SIT] to haunt or trouble in mind, esp. to an abnormal degree; preoccupy greatly vi. to be obsessed or preoccupied: usually with about, over, or on …   English World dictionary

  • obsess — UK [əbˈses] / US verb Word forms obsess : present tense I/you/we/they obsess he/she/it obsesses present participle obsessing past tense obsessed past participle obsessed 1) [transitive] if someone or something obsesses you, they are so important… …   English dictionary

  • obsess — [[t]əbse̱s[/t]] obsesses, obsessing, obsessed V ERG If something obsesses you or if you obsess about something, you keep thinking about it and find it difficult to think about anything else. [V n] I must admit that maps obsess me... [V n] A… …   English dictionary

  • obsess — verb 1 (transitive usually passive) if something or someone obsesses you, you think about them all the time and you cannot think of anything else: be obsessed with: You ve always been obsessed with making money. | He had become obsessed with… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English