Meaning of “obsession” in the English Dictionary

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"obsession" in British English

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obsessionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /əbˈseʃ.ən/ us /əbˈseʃ.ən/

B2 something or someone that you think about all the time:

an unhealthy obsession with death
her chocolate obsession
He's always wanted to find his birth mother but recently it's become an obsession.

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  • He has an obsession with cleanliness.
  • His campaign for fathers' rights has become an obsession.
  • The kids have an obsession with computer games.
  • I've got a bit of a jewellery obsession.

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

"obsession" in American English

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obsessionnoun [ C/U ]

us /əbˈseʃ·ən, ɑb-/

the control of one’s thoughts by a continuous, powerful idea or feeling, or the idea or feeling itself:

[ U ] His interest in detective stories has turned to obsession.
[ C ] They have an obsession with making money.

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

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