Preoccupation meaning

prē-ŏk'yə-pā'shən
The act of occupying something before someone else.
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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.

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The state of being preoccupied; absorption of the attention or intellect.
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Something that preoccupies or engrosses the mind.

Money was their chief preoccupation.

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A preoccupying or being preoccupied, esp. mentally.
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Something, as an idea, which preoccupies one.
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The state of being preoccupied or an idea that preoccupies the mind; enthrallment.
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Origin of preoccupation