Meaning of “compulsive” in the English Dictionary

"compulsive" in British English

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compulsiveadjective

uk /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv/ us /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv/

C2 doing something a lot and unable to stop doing it:

a compulsive liar/thief/eater
compulsive gambling
a compulsive eating disorder

C2 If a film, play, sports event, book, etc. is compulsive, it is so interesting or exciting that you do not want to stop watching or reading it:

I always find programmes about hospitals compulsive viewing.
Her latest book is compulsive reading/a compulsive read.
compulsively
adverb uk /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv.li/ us /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv.li/

too much and in a way that shows you are unable to stop:

She exercises/cleans/works compulsively.
compulsiveness
noun [ U ] uk /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv.nəs/ us /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “compulsive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compulsive" in American English

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compulsiveadjective

us /kəmˈpʌl·sɪv/

having a very strong desire to do something repeatedly:

We’re really not compulsive shoppers, you know.
compulsively
adverb us /kəmˈpʌl·sɪv·li/

He is compulsively neat.

(Definition of “compulsive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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