pre·​oc·​cu·​pa·​tion | \ (ˌ)prē-ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce preoccupation (audio) \

Definition of preoccupation

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

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Examples of preoccupation in a Sentence

We need to better understand the problems and preoccupations of our clients. the future entomologist's preoccupation with insects from a very early age
Recent Examples on the Web My preoccupations drew me to the passages that concern the marital bedroom, and its influence on a couple. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "Splitting Up—For the Night," 19 Nov. 2019 Still, even as West claims a modest area of focus, in fact the book's preoccupations are vast and sometimes a delightful surprise. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Lindy West Has a New Book, a Hit TV Show, and No Shortage of Opinions," 11 Nov. 2019 Cheika’s drew plenty of criticism for his management style in recent seasons, and for his preoccupation with a running game plan rather than a pragmatic approach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cheika out as Australia coach after Rugby World Cup exit," 20 Oct. 2019 Trump’s preoccupation with Facebook’s digital token is probably not whether Zuckerberg’s project conducts adequate know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering checks. Washington Post, "Trump Has a Favorite Currency, and It’s Not Bitcoin," 12 July 2019 Trump’s preoccupation with Joe Biden and his son Hunter flourished there. Lynn Berry, The Denver Post, "How “do us a favor” led to Trump impeachment inquiry," 4 Nov. 2019 Creating opportunities The Vernon sack wasn’t the only time the Ravens’ preoccupation with Garrett led to a big play for someone else. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Myles Garrett had one QB pressure vs. Ravens, so what did he do all game?," 2 Oct. 2019 The president’s top preoccupation of late, however, has been the escalating trade dispute with China. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, "Trump heads for golf club holiday – but summer storms loom," 8 Aug. 2019 It is based on 14 criteria that include frequency of internet activity, withdrawal symptoms, preoccupation with the internet and a loss of interest in other life activities. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Addicted to the internet? Behavioral therapy could work, researchers find," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of preoccupation

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Preoccupation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of preoccupation

: 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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