Definitions of obsess

  1. haunt like a ghost; pursue; " Fear of illness haunts her"
  2. be preoccupied with something; " She is obsessing over her weight"
  3. To besiege; to beset.
  4. To beset or rule; as, he is obsessed by one idea.
  5. To besiege; to encompass about.

Usage examples for obsess

  1. The idea to sell out began to obsess him, and in the end he sold. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  2. The ceremonialist sometimes hypnotizes himself by his repetitions, and in that condition becomes to some extent clairvoyant; more often he simply reduces himself to a passive condition in which some other entity can obsess him and speak through him. – Clairvoyance by Charles Webster Leadbeater
  3. A nausea of the theatrical world and its incessant demands began to obsess her. – Winding Paths by Gertrude Page
  4. Art with its seductions is to obsess the soul with foreign thoughts! – A Tramp's Sketches by Stephen Graham
  5. But my fears that their mental suggestions might obsess her were baseless. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  6. Indeed, she began to obsess him so that not even the ministrations of his aunt nor the obeisances of that pleasant girl, the name of whose boots was Fairybell, could give him any comfort or wean him from a contemplation which sprawled gloomily between him and his duties to the traffic. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  7. The painter Apelles, whose name seemed almost to obsess Lyly in his novel, is one of the chief characters of Campaspe, and the dialogue is more decidedly euphuistic than any other play. – John Lyly by John Dover Wilson
  8. Companioned by these bitter reflections, I had lost the remainder of the conversation between Nayland Smith and the police officer; now, casting off the succubus memory which threatened to obsess me, I put forth a giant mental effort to purge my mind of this uncleanness, and became again an active participant in the campaign against the Master- the director of all things noxious. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  9. Generally, his hands and feet are clammy and perspiring, his face is abnormally flushed or pallid, the eyes are worried or starey, unwonted wandering sensations involving now this area of the body, or now that obsess him. – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  10. In fact, Courtrey, burning with the new desire that was beginning to obsess him, was working out a new design. – Tharon of Lost Valley by Vingie E. Roe
  11. Then after several more phrases, chanted with all the fire and temperamental vigor which marks Hindu music, he would start the rigid little muscular steps which carried him over the ground with no apparent effort, though all the time he was wholly tense and working up into that ecstasy which would obsess him more and more. – Jungle Peace by William Beebe
  12. She had not supposed that the mere acting of a sentimental role could so obsess her. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  13. He thought of him with pity almost; pity that a man should obsess his life by such a phantasm as this same vengeance must have been to him. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  14. His own part in the threatening catastrophe began to obsess him. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  15. The insistent rhythm beats in your blood, the absorbing melodies obsess your brain, and you turn away realising that emotion, when it can find a channel of sense, has a power which defies the analytic understanding. – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford
  16. A feeling of unreality began to obsess him, so that at times he felt like a ghost walking among sweating men, like a resurrection into life, but without life. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  17. Once in so often a strange martial fervour would obsess him. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White