preoccupation

noun pre·oc·cu·pa·tion \ (ˌ)prē-ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shən \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of preoccupation

1 : an act of preoccupying : the state of being preoccupied
2 a : extreme or excessive concern with something
b : 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

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First Known Use of preoccupation

1572

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PREOCCUPATION Defined for English Language Learners

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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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