1. having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something (Freq. 1)

became more and more haunted by the stupid riddle


was absolutely obsessed with the girl


got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children


he was taken up in worry for the old woman

Syn: ↑haunted, ↑preoccupied, ↑taken up
Similar to: ↑concerned
Derivationally related forms: ↑preoccupancy (for: ↑preoccupied)
2. influenced or controlled by a powerful force such as a strong emotion

by love possessed

Syn: ↑possessed
Similar to: ↑controlled

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/euhb sest"/, adj.
1. having an obsession (usually fol. 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.
[1835-45; OBSESS + -ED2]

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obsessed UK [əbˈsest] US adjective
considering someone or something as so important that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people

An obsessed fan tried to kill him.

obsessed with:

a government obsessed with secrecy

Thesaurus: psychological processeshyponym

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