Adjective "obsessed" definition and examples

(Obsessed may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually and to a troubling extent.
  1. 'I became more and more obsessed by him'
  2. 'What can you do so as not to leave behind what obsesses you?'
  3. 'The matters that obsess her protagonists clearly obsess her and her obsessible readers as well.'
  4. 'But music continued to obsess him; in many of his stories, he links it with supernatural forces.'
  5. 'It's not clear that Frears has a single theme that obsesses him.'
  6. 'Since then, the question of whether or not the particle exists has obsessed physicists across the world.'
  7. 'We were so obsessed with the evil of the Nazis that they didn't ask the question.'
  8. 'This is a question that will obsess me for the rest of my life.'
  9. 'When Wendy documents the latest weird developments in copyright law on her blog, she also offers us a glimpse of what obsesses people at the turn of the century.'
  10. 'She was the one who had asked him out in the first place because she was obsessed with him.'
  11. 'At 28 he should now be at his peak, but it seems that he is obsessed with speed and lacks rhythm and control.'
  12. 'I am not obsessing about it, not more than I ever did anyway.'
  13. 'Look at all of the time I've wasted in my life obsessing about my weight and what to eat or whether or not I'm exercising enough.'
  14. 'He was utterly obsessed of course and had a splendid ego but he's a master artist.'
  15. 'Cady begins to be chuffed by her new status; she grows to like obsessing about food, looks and weight and is secretly thrilled by her licence to be bitchy and cruel.'
  16. 'Right now, you may have noticed, I'm obsessing about Plácido.'
  17. 'If I didn't ‘waste’ emotion obsessing about things, I'd like to think this blog would be much different than it is now.'
  18. 'I will eventually stop obsessing about this enough to write about something else.'
  19. 'I was an editor of the school newspaper, acting in the spring play, obsessing about which girls I liked, talking Marx and Dostoevsky with my classmates.'
  20. 'Then again, now that I'm spending my days obsessing about a man I've more or less invented, I'm hardly one to cast aspersions on other people's productivity.'
  21. 'They're not very accurate as a detailed performance indicator and universities shouldn't waste too much time obsessing about rankings.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be obsessed with people."

"regions can be obsessed with microchips."

"people can be obsessed with things."

"somebodies can be obsessed with people."

"societies can be obsessed with fears."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘haunt, possess’, referring to an evil spirit): from Latin obsess- ‘besieged’, from the verb obsidere, from ob- ‘opposite’ + sedere ‘sit’. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.