pre·​oc·​cu·​pa·​tion (ˌ)prē-ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce preoccupation (audio)
: an act of preoccupying : the state of being preoccupied
: extreme or excessive concern with something
: something that preoccupies one

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 Inspired by the designs of late, iconic Tiffany jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger, and his preoccupation with the cosmos, the collection is designer Nathalie Verdeille’s second with the house. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2024 Ryan prepared a list of preliminary exhibition ideas for consideration: Reagan’s childhood, his presidential campaigns, and three central preoccupations of his presidency—economic recovery, arms control, and defense. Sarah Thomson, JSTOR Daily, 29 May 2024 Today, Washington needs to drive a wedge between China and Russia—a task that will be difficult, given the anti-American and antidemocratic preoccupations of both countries’ leaders, but not unthinkable in the long term. Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2022 Yet my preoccupation with Hamas’ American puppets and Israel’s propagandists has distracted me from extending my compassion for Israel’s victims to Gaza’s dead and mourning. Ben Krull, New York Daily News, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for preoccupation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preoccupation was in 1572

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“Preoccupation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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