preoccupation

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noun pre·oc·cu·pa·tion \(ˌ)prē-ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shən\

Definition of preoccupation

  1. 1 :  an act of preoccupying :  the state of being preoccupied

  2. 2a :  extreme or excessive concern with somethingb :  something that preoccupies one

Examples of preoccupation in a sentence

  1. We need to better understand the problems and preoccupations of our clients.

  2. the future entomologist's preoccupation with insects from a very early age

1572

First Known Use of preoccupation

1572


PREOCCUPATION Defined for English Language Learners

preoccupation

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noun pre·oc·cu·pa·tion \(ˌ)prē-ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shən\

Definition of preoccupation for English Language Learners

  • : a state in which you give all your attention to something

  • : something that you give all or most of your attention to



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