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"compulsive" in British English

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compulsiveadjective

uk   us   /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv/
C2 doing something a lot and ​unable to ​stop doing it: a compulsive ​liar/​thief/​eater compulsive ​gambling a compulsive ​eatingdisorderC2 If a ​film, ​play, ​sportsevent, ​book, etc. is compulsive, it is so ​interesting or ​exciting that you do not ​want to ​stopwatching or ​reading it: I always ​findprogrammes about ​hospitals compulsive viewing. Her ​latestbook is compulsive reading/a compulsive read.
compulsively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
too much and in a way that ​shows you are ​unable to ​stop: She ​exercises/​cleans/​works compulsively.
compulsiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-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 ​strongdesire 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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