preoccupation[prē äk′yo̵̅o̅ pā′s̸hən, -yə-]
- Preoccupation is a state of being focused on and engrossed in something, or the thing that you are engrossed in.
- When you become obsessed with knitting, this is an example of a preoccupation with knitting.
- When you become obsessed with knitting, this is an example of when knitting is your new preoccupation.
- a preoccupying or being preoccupied, esp. mentally
- something, as an idea, which preoccupies one
Origin of preoccupationClassical Latin praeoccupatio
- The state of being preoccupied; absorption of the attention or intellect.
- Something that preoccupies or engrosses the mind: Money was their chief preoccupation.